CHILLI Wawaye real name Fonyuy claudette Mbinkar was born in kumbo NW Region of Cameroon /West Africa. Her life and art has been mostly influenced by the Nso heritage where she hails. She is a folk singer whose grace and vibrancy projects the rich ethnic music of the Graphi people in Cameroon.
Her serene vocals resonate with her flair of cultural displays and delicate ethnic stage presence. Her passion is evident! Her magnetism irresistible! Her songs are a blend of indigenous sounds and rhythms of her region fused with universal music. Her wonderful vocal abilities and alarming stage display leaves everyone amazed. Her philosophy is ‘to persist till the impossible becomes possible. Her dream is to use music as a tool for socio economic empowerment of women, young girls and the underprivileged.
‘You want some authenticity in your music I give you CHILLI WAWAYE’
The degree holder from the University of Yaounde1 started singing at the age of 10. She has song with several church and school choirs where her talents were groomed. Chilli has performed as backup singer for several artist like the UK based Debra Debs , Julio Tresor, Mel nova ,Longue Longue and many others.
At the university level she joined the university of Yaounde 1 choir Glorious Voices where she had access to various state events and high profile personalities, the young talent went back to her roots researched and unveiled the rich cultural heritage of her region, unlike most young artists who emulate western culture she resurrects ancient melodies that women sang to air out their grievances.
After her degree she released her first album titled My Heritage on the 14 of February 2014 under the patronage of the Colourful Dream Foundation. CHILLl has as vision to represent, valorise, and promote the unique north west culture.
As a registered artist of the ministry of arts and culture she has performed and represented her region in various state events. She stands out as the Nso cultural ambassador.
HONOURS EARNED BY CHILLI WAWAYE
2014 –official Release of 1st album (My Heritage) on CRTV
2014 Cameroon Tribune patronizes CHILLI by announcing her new Album in the Market.
2014 New Vision magazine presents CHILLI in her front page as cultural ambassador for TIKAR Clan
2015 Nyanga magazine presents Chilli as ‘Back to the roots’ Youngster.
2015 Le weekend Magazine recognizes the young culture promoter
2015 Her works and videos started gaining a huge media attention on Canal 2 ,STV, CRTV, Vision 4.
2015- International media houses like BBC and GOGE Africa carried on interviews with CHILLI
Has close to 10.000 followers on Social Media
ACHIVEMENTS BY CHILLI WAWAYE
2015 Mount Cameroon Race of Hope in Buea
2015 international Music Day at the French Cultural Center
-Represented her region in more than 20 state events with the ministry of Arts and Culture
2014- she had a national tour with her 1st album (My Heritage) .
2016-She has shared Major scenes with prominent artists in the continent like: Nkotti Francoise, Claude Ndam, Roosevelt, Andre MarieTalla, Petite pays, KareyceFotso, Messi Ambroise Annie Anzouer and the Central African IDYLLE MAMBA, not forgetting the popular king Sunny Ade of Nigeria and lots of others.
2016-She has ruled her stuff with the Ministry of Arts and Culture – Yaounde, Unity Gala, by ministry, World Music Day, Open Door Days at Cameroon Cultural Center ,( Sita BELLA Cinema ),IFC (French Cultural Center)
2016-She was duly entitled to an award as Best Female Artist for Bui Division of the North West Region 2016.
In 2016-Her carrier took another dimension with her recent US tour of her commanding about 20 platforms including events and festivals in and around the US some of them which were Panafest ( the Pan African Festival in Washington Dc,BFU(Bui Family union) Afrifest in Houston Texas ,WAMAF (World Afican Music and Arts festival in Austin , African Bridal show.
2016- In USA she showcased with Jean pierre Essome Annie anzouer and Africa,s renowned artists like the popular King Sunny Ade of Nigeria.
2016- CHILLI Thrilled the crowd at the Festi-Bitkusi fully covered by media houses like Culture Ebene,Canal 2,CRTV and Golden House.
2016-November 27 was another outstanding display at FENAC (2016) Gala in Yaounde viewed live by a Thousand Spectators from all over Africa.
2016-FENAC Gala Limbe
2017-THE NgonsoCultural festival in Kumbo.
2017- Rentreeculturelle in Ebolowa by Ministry of Arts and Culture
2017 PROMOTE festival in Yaounde
2017 FestivalFomaric in Douala
chilli recently released a new single titled #HAYO featuring papa LONGUE LONGUE, the makosa gene. HAYO was produced by PHILBILL and video directed by Mr Adrenaline
Hayo if you believe you,ll achieve Hayo is a master piece that valorises the sweet NJANG rythm and preaches faith and believe in oneself knowing that Gods time is the best
HAYO official video will be released on the 23rd of december 2018.