|Birth name||Samuël Adebiyi|
|Also known as||PHNX, Féniksi, Fe²|
Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Origin||France, of Yoruba descent|
|Years active||1996 – present|
|Associated acts||OFX, Saïan Supa Crew|
Early Life and Career
Féfé was born in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France on 18th January, 1976 to Yoruba parents from Paris. He formed the rap group OFX with KLR in 1996 where Adebiyi was known as PHNX (also read as Féniksi). The two released the maxi Je n'ose y croire, after which a third member Vicelow joined in. The trio made a number of appearances on various compilations and mixtapes. KLR died in April 1999.
OFX including Fénixi became part of a bigger formation, the hip hop collective Saïan Supa Crew, that besides OFX, included two other formations Explicit Samouraï and Simple Spirit. After KLR's death, Saïan Supa Crew released an album titled KLR in his memory in 1999. In 2002, OFX released the maxi OVNI 2. It was followed by another OFX album, Roots in 2003. In its turn, Saïan Supa Crew would release X-Raisons in 2001 and Hold-Up in 2005.
OFX eventually faded and is no more active. OFX remaining member Féfé has continued his career with solo releases like Jeune à la retraite released on Polydor on 12 October 2009, and on 20 May 2013, his second solo album Le charme des premiers jours again on Polydor.
In popular culture
He co-wrote "Le malade imaginaire", a main song in the soundtrack of the 2002 film The Truth About Charlie, in addition to co-writing the track "Intro".
In 2010, he sang the French version of "Wavin' Flag", the Coca Cola-sponsored 2010 World Cup song. Féfé sang the French lyrics with songwriter, the Somalian-Canadian K'naan performing the English lyrics. The Féfé version credit to "K'naan featuring Féfé" reached number 2 on SNEP, the official French Singles Chart. In 2011, he performed with Aṣa in Sydney.
Albums, maxis, mixtapes
- as part of OFX
- 1999: Je n'ose y croire
- 2002; OVNI 2
- 2003: Roots
- as part of collective Saïan Supa Crew
- 1997: Saïan Supa Land (EP)
- 1998: Saïan Supa Crew (EP)
- 1999: KLR (album)
- 2000: L'Block presente (EP)
- 2001: X-Raisons (album)
- 2002: Da Stand Out (Ep)
- 2005: Hold-Up (album)
- 2006: Hold Up Tour - Live in Paris (live album)
- solo albums
|2009||Jeune à la retraite||17|
|2013||Le charme des premiers jours||77|
- Featured in
|2010||"Wavin' Flag (Remix)"
(K'naan feat. Féfé)
(Seeed feat. Féfé)
- "Vox Africa".
- Michael Melinard (August 2013). "Féfé: With my music, I affirm my culture and embrace it fully" (in French). L'Humanité.fr. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- Liza Power (January 7, 2012). "The French Revolution". The Age Entertainment (Fairfax Media). Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- Victoria Hannaford (December 29, 2011). "French hip-hop artist Fefe teams up with Nigerian-French singer Asa for Sydney Festival". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Féfé discography". leshcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2013.