TOOFAN: The triumph of original African music

Masta & Barabas

One is a toaster* and the other a composer. Both are Christians and soccer fans who’ve   always been attracted to the sport « like magnets».  They believe that only God can truly decide so they give their best in everything that they do. Often under the spotlights through concerts or ads for Woodin**, Asky***, Mensah Ayao or Fantohou Kossivi, they are living their dream.

 

From soccer to music

Of Cameroonian and Togolese origin, Menah AYO also known as Barabas, left Cameroun to move to Toquoin Séminaire, a neighborhood in the city of Lomé. A year later, Fantohou Kossivi aka Masta, arrives to the same neighborhood with his parents. Masta’s integration was not easy and Barabas remembers it jokingly: « At first, I did not want the new kid to come play soccer with us ». But as they say themselves, « soccer unifies people ». It is thanks to sports that the pair of talented young men became friends and with nostalgia, they talk about their common passion: « It was a dream. We tried to make it in that field but we could not. ». At that time, Barabas and Masta had no idea of what destiny had in store for them.

* A rapper who’s goal is to create a unique ambiance in a song.

** African clothing brand.

*** African Airline.

 

 

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