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Who Is Bez, Nigerian Soul Singer?

Bez’s full name is Emmanuel Bez Idakula. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer from Nigeria who works in the “alternative soul” genre, a fusion of soul, rock, jazz, and R&B.

Early Life & Education

Bez was born on November 10, 1983, in Jos, Nigeria. He was born into a musical family and spent his childhood listening to gospel and country music. He sang in choirs as a child and began playing his father’s guitar at the age of nine. While Bez, his younger brother Anyidakula Idakula, and his two sisters Eunice Chiedu and Lydia Sobogun entertained the crowd with sing-alongs, his parents filmed duets with his mother singing and his father playing the guitar. Bez spent a lot of his childhood mending things and experimenting with painting and drawing.

Bez lost his father, a Nigerian politician and candidate for governor of Nasarawa State, when he was twelve years old. As a result, his family’s finances were in turmoil, and he could barely afford the rest of his high school tuition. His high school tuition was paid for by an anonymous individual. During his time at Loyola Jesuit College, he also received financial assistance to cover his education tuition. Bez attended Covenant University and graduated in 2007 with a BEng in information and communications technology.

Career

Bez began his career as a student, performing at open mic nights. Taruwa, which means “gathering” in Hausa, was one of these open mic events. Artists showcase their talents on this platform through music, poetry, spoken word, and visual art. Bez performed every two weeks here and met Praiz, with whom he eventually co-wrote “That Stupid Song.”

Bez claimed in an interview with Vanguard Nigeria that “That Stupid Song” was created by accident when a studio visitor requested “a stupid song.” Cobhams Asuquo, the outstanding songwriter and music producer who also produced Bez, had the idea to create a song that mixed a variety of tunes they had sung as children. When they invited Praize to work with Bez the next day, they recorded “That Stupid Song.”

Bez released his debut album, “Super Sun,” in 2011. In their review, the Boston Globe ranked this song third among the top ten world music albums of 2011, praising Bez as a “superb alternative-soul singer.”

In November 2013, Bez released the first single from his second album, My Baby, which was again produced by Cobhams Asuquo. In 2014, he published My Baby. Gbagyi Child was released on November 28, 2016. This also includes a remix of “You Suppose Know” by renowned Nigerian singer Yemi Alade.

Bez performed at a variety of events in 2012, including the New Africa Shrine in Harlem, New York, the Applause Africa Award ceremony honoring Angélique Kidjo in Manhattan, New York, the Arts Alive Festival and Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre in London, UK, the Africa Leadership Network Annual Conference in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, and the Nigeria House pre-Olympic concerts in London, UK.

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He performed for Sol Village at SOBs in Manhattan, New York, in addition to the TML100 event in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, he performed in the inaugural “Spinlet All African Showcase” at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March 2012. His Super Sun Concert in Nigeria in December 2012 was a smashing success. In 2013, Bez went on two tours: one in the United States in March and another in Europe in the summer. He was also featured in Globacom’s Slide and Bounce Tour.

Personal Life

Bez married Bolatito Ladoja, the son of former Oyo State Governor Rasheed Ladoja, in January 2014. Bolatito works as a banker at First City Monument Bank. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Warwick University in the United Kingdom and a master’s degree in management from Imperial College in London. Bolatito usually attends Bez’s gigs and is a fan of his work. Bez now resides in Lagos. The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and ’70s soul are among his key musical influences. He plays guitar, piano, and drums, among other things.

Influence & Impact

Bez founded the Bez Idakula Foundation to help disadvantaged children with their educational needs and to seek to touch and change their lives in the same way that his own was impacted and altered. Bez is one of two Nigerians on the board of the non-profit organization Ovie Brume Foundation and one of two Nigerian members of Sandbox, a global network of young entrepreneurs. He also belongs to the African Leadership Network. He has also appeared in commercials for “Friends Africa” and Globacom, an African telecoms business. Bez took part in a panel discussion regarding entertainment at the Harvard Africa Business Conference in March 2012.

Songs 

Albums

  • 2016 Gbagyi Child
  • 2011 Super Sun

Singles

  •  My Baby
  • That Stupid Song
  • Zuciya Daya
  • Stop Pretending
  • Say
  • The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
  • More You
  • This This This
  • Technically
  • I Know
  • Super Sun
  • High
  • Beautiful As You Are
  • There’s a Fire
  • Dey for You
  • Shine
  • Loving No One Else
  • High
  • Look Away
  • Breathe
  • Better Days
  • I wrote this for u 2
  • Przystań
  • Eternity
  • Go Go Go
  • Beauty

Awards & Nominations

Recording of the Year, Best R’n’B Single, Best R’n’B/Pop Album, Best Collaboration, Best Vocal Performance, and Hip Hop World Revelation were the six categories in which Bez was nominated for the 2012 The Headies Awards.

Net Worth

According to different multiple sources online, Bez’s net worth is estimated to be $1.2 million.

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