Salatiel| Everything You Need To Know About Him Is Coined Into 9 Great Points.

1. Salatiel: The High Man General of African Music

Salatiel Livenja Bessong, popularly known as Salatiel, has carved out an indomitable niche for himself in the African music industry. Born on December 26, 1987, in Tiko, Cameroon, this multi-talented artist hails from a diverse heritage with roots in Manyu (through his mother) and Kribi (through his father). Known for his versatility as a singer, producer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Salatiel’s journey is one of relentless passion and outstanding achievements.

2. The Humble Beginnings

Salatiel’s musical journey began in his school days at GHS Batibo, where he was first introduced to music. He furthered his education at the University of Yaoundé 1 and the University of Buea. His early musical explorations included participating in the Salas Band and the Breakthrough Voices. However, his professional career took a significant turn when he joined M1 Studios in Buea under the mentorship of Emile Ngumbah. At M1 Studios, he produced music for numerous Cameroonian artists such as Nar6 Pryze, Annie Anzouer, Sergeo Polo, Manu Dibango, Henry Njoh, Lino Versace, Petit Champion, and West Don.

3. Rise to Fame

Salatiel’s first major breakthrough came in 2010 when he created the group Da Thrill with Blaise B, Rude Bway, and Myra. They won the NESCAFE African Revelation national competition and were runners-up at the continental level in Senegal. His talent as a songwriter and performer was further recognized when he won the MTN Make the Music contest in 2014 with his song “Fap Kolo.” This year also marked his first major performance at iFest alongside African music giants like Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade.

4. Establishing Alpha Better Records

In 2014, Salatiel founded Alpha Better Records, a label that has become synonymous with top-notch music production in Cameroon. Under this label, he has produced several hits, including “Ca se pass ici,” “One Day Na One Day,” and “Bougez la bas.” Salatiel’s influence grew exponentially as he introduced and nurtured talents like Mr. Leo, whose career he helped launch at iFest.

5. International Collaborations and Major Hits

Salatiel’s prowess as a producer and artist has earned him collaborations with international stars like Youssou N’Dour, Rutshelle Guillaume, Teni, Stone Boy, Amanda Black, Sauti Sol, Skales, and Soul Bang’s. A landmark achievement was his collaboration with American Grammy Award-winning artists Beyoncé and Pharrell on the track “Water” from the Lion King album in 2019.

6. Notable Releases

Salatiel’s discography is extensive and includes several hit singles and albums. Some of his notable releases include:

  • “La femme de ma galere” (2017)
  • “Weekend” (2018)
  • “Anita” (2019)
  • “Africa Represented” (2019), a 20-track album
  • “Ayagayo (Good Times)” (2020)
  • “Touche pas (Anita 2)” (2020)
  • “Prisonnier (Anita 3)” (2021)
  • “Good Girl” featuring Rutshelle Guillaume (2021)
  • “Pele” featuring Petit Pays (2022)
  • “Sucre Nouveau” (2022)
  • “Ca va allez” (2023)

7. Awards and Recognitions

Salatiel’s contributions to music have not gone unnoticed. He has garnered numerous awards, including Best Male Artist of the Year at the Urban Jamz Awards (2018), Best Male Artist Central Africa at Afrima (2019), and two prestigious awards at the MUMA (Muzikol Music Awards 2021) for Best Male Artist of the Year and Best Album.

8. Consistency and Innovation

Throughout his career, Salatiel has been lauded for his consistency and innovation. His ability to blend various musical styles and his knack for producing catchy and meaningful music have kept him relevant in the ever-evolving music industry. His work extends beyond his own music; he has written hits for other artists, including Daphne’s “Calee” and “Jusqua la gare,” and Indira Baboke’s “Il est la.”

9. Personal Life and Legacy

Salatiel is not just a musical genius; he is also a devoted family man with two children who hold dual Cameroonian and German nationalities. His personal and professional journey continues to inspire many across Africa and beyond.

Salatiel’s story is a testament to the power of talent, hard work, and perseverance. As the High Man General of African music, his legacy is one of artistic excellence and relentless dedication to his craft. With over a decade of remarkable achievements, Salatiel remains a beacon of inspiration in the African music landscape.

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Article by: Ngonge Meiva
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