Free Valsero / Libérez Valsero - crowdfunding

#freevalsero : Help us free Cameroonian rapper and pro-democracy activist Valsero and donate to pay for his legal defence fees and support his and his sounds engineer’s well-being in prison.

#freevalsero: Aidez-nous à libérer le rappeur camerounais et militant pour la démocratie Valsero et faites un don pour payer ses frais de défense et soutenir son bien-être ainsi que celui de son ingénieur de son.

Stop Injustice : Save Valsero and his sound engineer 


Text in English et en français.

Portrait Valsero, the artist

Valsero, real name Gaston Abe Abe, is an engaged artist, pro-democracy and human rights advocate in Cameroon. He started rapping in 1990 with his first group, Ultimatum, and in 2008 his first solo album, “Politiquement Instable”, was released. This album had an unexpected effect, as the Cameroonian youth started looking at him as a leader: young, strong, brave and charismatic.

Valsero is an engaged rapper, who attacks and denounces the way Cameroon is run. For his songs, “Çe pays tue les jeunes” (“This country kills the youth”), “Ne me parlez plus de ce pays” (“Don’t talk about this country to me anymore”) or the well-known “Lettre au president” (“Letter to the President”) he earned both the attention (and anger) of the authorities and the love and respect of his audience. Although many of Valsero’s concerts have been forbidden, his first album encountered a big success, which continued in 2009 with the release of the song “Répond”. His success and his lyrics gained him the title ‘General’ within the Cameroonian youth. In 2010 his second album, “Autopsie d’un crime d’état” was released, followed by his third album , “L’appel du peuple”, in 2011.

His last album, “Intensité”, was released in 2015. In the same year, he took part in a live album of hip-hop and jazz with the collective of German-Cameroonian musicians called ‘Seven Hill’. In the past year he has released several songs that talk about the current crises Cameroon is facing: Fly Away and Resistance address the ongoing crisis in the Anglophone regions of the country, and Zombie refers to the current political context.

General Valsero is also a civil society actor who runs several campaigns of mobilisation and sensitisation of the youth. His association Jeune et Fort (Young and Strong) promotes education to citizenship, democracy and electoral culture; and his new Our Destiny Association works on reducing illegal migration and on engaging the youth in Cameroon in order to take control of their own existence for the benefit of the country .

In the past, in 2007 he launched the campaign “Va voter” (“Go vote”) that became in 2011 “Je vote donc j’ existe” (“I vote, I am”). In 2012 and 2013 he started a struggle against AIDS with the campaign “Je l’ai fait et toi…” (“I did it and you …”) in schools. He collaborated with artists such as Manu Dibango Fally Ipuba, Alpha Blondie, Tiken Jah, and French rappers La Fouine, Soprano, Kery James.

Valsero has also appeared in films. He played a role in “Le president”, by Jean Pierre Bekolo and is the main start of a documentary movie entitled “Du Piment sur les levres” (“Chili pepper on the lips”) by Laurène Lepeytre.

On January 26, 2019, Cameroonian rapper Valsero was arbitrarily arrested in Yaoundé. A few days later, Valsero and about 130 other detainees were accused by military justice of rebellion, hostility against the fatherland, incitement to insurrection, crime against the president of the republic and destruction of buildings and public property. These charges could lead to the death penalty.

What happened? Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé?

Le 26 janvier 2019, le rappeur camerounais Valsero a été arrêté arbitrairement à Yaoundé, Cameroun, au moment de la tenue d'une manifestation pacifique organisée par le principal parti d'opposition.

L'artiste Valsero a été arrêté par les forces de sécurité sans mandat alors qu'il vaquait à ses occupations au centre ville de Yaoundé avec sa fille de 7 ans. Quelques jours plus tard, Valsero et les autres détenus ont été accusés par la justice militaire de rébellion, d’hostilité contre la patrie, incitation à l’insurrection, délit contre le président de la république et destruction de bâtiments et de biens publics.

Valsero est en prison depuis presque sept mois maintenant. Son ingénieur de son, M. Alain Belibi, qui est venu récupérer la fille de 7 ans de Valsero du centre ville de Yaoundé après l’arrestation de Valsero, a été également arbitrairement arrêté et depuis condamné à 12 mois de prison, juste pour avoir déposée la carte d'identité de Valsero au commissariat avec sa fille.

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On January 26, 2019, Cameroonian rapper Valsero was arbitrarily arrested in Yaoundé, Cameroon, at the same time as a peaceful demonstration organized by the main opposition party took place. 

The artist Valsero was arrested by the security forces without a warrant while he went about his business in the city center of Yaoundé with his 7-year-old daughter. A few days later, Valsero and the other detainees were accused by military justice of rebellion, hostility against the fatherland, incitement to insurrection, crime against the president of the republic and destruction of buildings and public property. 

Valsero has been in prison for almost seven months now. His sound engineer, Mr. Alain Belibi, who came to pick up the 7-year-old daughter of Valsero from downtown Yaounde after Valsero's arrest, was also arbitrarily arrested and has subsequently been condemned to 12 months in prison, just for having gone to the police station to hand over Valsero's ID card with daughter.



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What can you do? Que pouvez vous faire?

Contribuez aux frais pour le soutien légal de l'artiste engagé Valsero et son ingénieur de son, ainsi que pour aider les familles à nourrir les prisonniers, payer leurs loyers et de nourrir leurs familles après presque sept mois d'absence du travail:

Les fonds vont être utilisés pour:

1. Frais du soutien légal (le plus on a, le mieux ils sont représentés)
2. Frais de subsistence quotidienne en prison pour les deux: 500€/ mois pour assurer le minimum (repas 3 fois par jour, les vêtements, les frais mensuels de la prison ou tout est payant, y inclus la possibilité de prendre un bain). Les prisons au Cameroun ne fournissent rien.
3. Loyers des ménages familiaux respectifs avec perte des deux principaux soutiens de famille 500€/ mois
4. Les frais de subsistence des personnes à charge dans leur situation particulière (logement, école, etc.): 1000 € / mois
5. La sensibilisation sur leur situation (le plus on a le plus de chances ils auront à être libérés)
6. Frais des visites familiales (eg. la femme de Valsero a du déménager en Europe pour son travail mais doit visiter Valsero en prison régulièrement): 800€/ mois


Signez aussi les pétitions pour exiger la libération de l'artiste engagé Valsero, prisonnier politique:

https://www.change.org/p/paul-biya-lib%C3%A9rez-l-artiste-valsero
https://join.amnesty.org/page/41188/petition/1?locale=fr-FR

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Please contribute to the legal fees of the two illegally detained prisoners, as well as to help their families pay for their meals in prison, their rents and to feed their families after almost three months of absence from work. 

The fund will be used for:

1. Legal defence fees (the more we have, the better they will be represented) 
2. Daily subsistence in prison for the two of them: 500€/ month to ensure the minimum (3 healthy meals per day, clean clothes, bed sheets, monthly prison fees where everything has a price, including the option to take a shower). Cameroonian prisons do not provide anything.
3. Rents of respective family households with loss of the two main breadwinners  : 500€  / month
4. Subsistence of dependants in their particular situations (housing, school etc):  1000€ / month
5. Awareness raising of their situation. Campaign #freevalsero. (The more we have, the more chances they have to be freed)
6. Family visit expenses (E.g. Valsero’s wife has had to move to Europe for work and has to travel regularly to Cameroon to visit Valsero): 800€/ month


Please also sign the petitions to demand the release of the committed artist Valsero, political prisoner:

https://www.change.org/p/paul-biya-lib%C3%A9rez-l-artiste-valsero
https://join.amnesty.org/page/41188/petition/1?locale=fr-FR


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L'artiste est le nerf sensible de la société,

C'est l'éveilleur de conscience,

C'est le gardien du temple,

C'est le concierge de la communauté,

Il présente des visions futuristes ou prévisionnaire,

Il critique et caricaturise le réel dans un but d'éveiller une population hypnotisée,

Population prise par le rythme de la vie.

Une population qui ne prend pas soin de jeter un œil hors de son domaine qu'est la vie soit familiale ou économique.

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An artist is the sensitive nerve of society, 

he is the awakener of conscience, 

he is the guardian of the temple, 

he  is the concierge of the community, 

he presents futuristic or forecast visions, 

he criticises and caricatures the real for the purpose of awakening a hypnotised population, 

Population taken by the rhythm of life. A population that does not take care to take a look outside of their realm of family or economic life. 


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La campagne est organisé par les membres de la famille de Valsero en Europe et au Cameroun en coordination avec son Association Our Destiny. L’argent sera distribué directement aux bénéficiaires via un transfer au compte bancaire de Our Destiny: Valsero et M. Belibi (ou sa famille) ainsi que leurs avocats.

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The campaign is organised by members of the family of Valsero in Europe and in Cameroon together with his Our Destiny Association. The funds raised will be transferred directly to the beneficiaries via the Our Destiny bank account: Valsero, M. Belibi (or his family) and their lawyers.
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