The Foreign Exchange

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The Foreign Exchange
Origin Raleigh, North Carolina, Utrecht, Netherlands
Genres R&B, electronica, hip hop, neo soul
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, lead guitar
Years active 2002–present
Labels +FE Music
Associated acts Yahzarah, Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Jeanne Jolly
Website The Foreign Exchange
Members Phonte Coleman
Sy Smith (2011, 2012 tour only)
Notable instruments
bass, guitar, keyboards, drums (Nicolay)

The Foreign Exchange is an R&B/electronica/hip hop duo consisting of the American rapper/singer Phonte Coleman and the Dutch record producer Nicolay.[1]

Musical career[edit]

The pair first made contact over message boards on and began recording and sending music back and forth. Soon after, they formed The Foreign Exchange without having ever met each other in person, hence the name. The album, Connected, was released in 2004 and was a showcase for Nicolay's musical talents as well as an introduction to like-minded Little Brother affiliates who contributed to the album. The album received strong reviews[2] and the single, "Sincere", featuring YahZarah, was released with a promotional video.

In October 2008, the duo released their second album Leave It All Behind.

In June 2009, the group announced that Zo! is now an official artist on The Foreign Exchange Music imprint and, in November 2009, YahZarah also joined the imprint. Median and Darien Brockington later joined.

In December 2009, the group were nominated for a Grammy Award, for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah) from their Leave It All Behind album.[3]

The group's third album, Authenticity, was released on October 12, 2010. In January 2011, the duo went on tour with Sy Smith and Darien Brockington. In June 2011, the group announced their first live album, Dear Friends: An Evening with the Foreign Exchange, which includes appearances by Sy Smith and Jeanne Jolly.




  • 2004: "Sincere" (feat. Yahzarah)
  • 2008: "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah)
  • 2009: "Take Off the Blues"
  • 2009: "House of Cards"
  • 2009: "I Wanna Know"
  • 2010: "Maybe She'll Dream of Me"
  • 2011: "Laughing at Your Plans" (feat. Sy Smith & Jeanne Jolly)
  • 2013: "Call It Home"
  • 2014: "Dreams Are Made For Two" (feat. Carlitta Durand)


  1. ^ Cowie. F, Del."Foreign Exchange’s Same Difference", Exclaim!, November 2008.
  2. ^ "The Foreign Exchange: Connected | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2004-09-14. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ " | The Official Site of Music's Biggest Night". 1964-08-04. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 

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