Salatiel: 10 Things you didn’t know


Salatiel Livenja Bessong was born December 26, 1987 and is in Tiko and he is from Manyu, Cameroon.

  • He is the CEO of #Alpha_Better_records located in Buea, Cameroon.

  • Salatiel started a band, which he called “Salas Band”. He was both the singer and drummer; songwriting was his biggest passion. 

  • While in Yaoundé, he mainly worked with church choirs and wrote songs for them. He also performed these songs himself and later learned to play the guitar.

  • His love for music led him to forgo his medical studies and pursue a zoology degree.

  • In 2007, Salatiel moved to the University of Buea and began working with a university choir called “Breakthrough Voices” as its music director and songwriter.

  • In 2008, he visited a studio for the first time with his college choir to record a gospel album called ‘Lord I’m Sorry’ at M1 Studios.

    This visit to the studio sparked his desire to become a producer since he did most of the keyboards on the album. He then became an apprentice producer under Emile Ngumbah of M1 Studios.

    Salatiel made his first beat just a week later, a beat for Princess Lyna’s “La Nouvelle Lecon” in March 2008.

  • Salatiel’s career took off in 2014 when he founded Alpha Better records; the company has produced about 60 percent of Cameroon’s hit songs between 2014 and the present. Artists like Mr. Leo, Daphne and Blaise B have all released successful singles on this label.

  • His single “Fab Kolo” was nominated for the MTN Cameroon Make the Contest; he won the competition.

  • Salatiel emerged as the best producer of the Urban Jamz Awards 2018 edition, earning nominations for Best Music video performance, Best music producer, Best Afrobeat/pop song, Best Collabo, Best Male Artist, and Artist of The Year. 

  • In July 2019, he announced the release of his first international album titled Africa represented, which will be launched on most streaming platforms and available for purchase. He was nominated for the AFRIMMA awards that same here.
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