Féfé

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Féfé
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Background information
Birth nameSamuël Adebiyi
Also known asPHNX, Féniksi, Fe²
Born1976
Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
OriginFrance, of Yoruba[1] descent
GenresRap
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1996 – present
Associated actsOFX, Saïan Supa Crew
Websitewww.fefe-lesite.com

Samuël Adebiyi, better known by his stage name Féfé (formerly Féniksi), is a French singer and rapper originating from Nigeria.

Early life and career[edit]

Féfé was born in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France on 18 January 1976 to Yoruba parents from Paris.[2][3] 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OFX eventually faded and is no longer active. Its 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[edit]

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.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums, maxis, mixtapes[edit]

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
Year Album Peak positions Certification
FR
[5]
2009 Jeune à la retraite 17
2013 Le charme des premiers jours 77
2017 Mauve 79
[6]

Singles[edit]

Featured in
Year Single Peak positions
FR
[5]
2010 "Wavin' Flag (Remix)"
(K'naan feat. Féfé)
2
2013 "Blink Blink"
(Seeed feat. Féfé)
-

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vox Africa".[non-primary source needed]
  2. ^ Melinard, Michael (August 2013). "Féfé: With my music, I affirm my culture and embrace it fully" (in French). L'Humanité.fr. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ Power, Liza (7 January 2012). "The French Revolution". The Age Entertainment. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ Hannaford, Victoria (29 December 2011). "French hip-hop artist Fefe teams up with Nigerian-French singer Asa for Sydney Festival". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Féfé discography". leshcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 8, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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