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Alternative soul and rock super-star Bez is our Artist of the week
Born Bezhiwa Emmanuel Idakula on November 10, 1983 in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria to Hon Amos and Mrs Idakula, Bez hails from Nassarawa state also in Nigeria. He is an alternative soul artiste,his music is described as an understated and unusual hybrid of Soul, Rock, Jazz and R&B music that sets him well apart from the mainstream Afro hip-pop movement. His songs of love, life and loss are modern gems that fit right beside the music of singers like John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend.
A natural performer with a charismatic and playful stage presence, Bez has already opened and shared the stage with international sensations, Asa, Angie Stone, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and others. He also has the singular honor of being the first African artiste to premiere a music video for “That Stupid Song” on BET International’s 106 & Park.
Bez performed alongside Kenyan, Ethiopian, South African artistes at the Africa Leadership Network Annual Gathering in Addis Ababa; and was a guest panelist at the Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference in March 2012. Bez and his band performed 2 concerts on the Spinlet- All Africa Showcase at the 2012 SXSW musical festival in Austin TX; opening for Seun Kuti and Blitz the Ambassador. Bez’s New York City debut performances at SOBs, The Apple Store in Soho, and The Shrine in Harlem in late May 2012 were a rousing success.
Bez released his debut album, “Super Sun” on July 24th, 2011 to rave reviews. The 15 track Super Sun album was entirely produced by the enigmatic Cobhams Asuquo. This album captures the rare and un-distilled essence of Bez. Super Sun was a collaborative labor of love. Seven of the songs were mixed by five-time Grammy nominated mixing engineer, Ryan West. Ryan is best know for chart-topping hip hop and R&B mixes for Rihanna, Eminem, Jay Z, T.I., Usher and many more. Joan Ekpai, and Olaitan Dada assisted Cobhams on the other songs. Nicolas Mollard, a noted French guitarist and member of Asa’s band, played guitar on the song “Technically”. The album was listed on The Boston Globe as one of the top ten “World Music” albums of 2011.
In December 2012, Bez was named by The African Diaspora Awards as one of the top young Africans under 40. To commemorate the event, Bez covered the Applause Africa magazine for December 2012 and also performed alongside Lifetime achievement honoree, the legendary Angelique Kidjo in New York on December 8, 2012.
Super Sun album has been described as a musical tapestry woven with skill, heart, and love. It is available now on many digital platforms.
Connect With Bez via:
His Website: www.bezworld.com
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BezIdakula/posts