Wafande

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Wafande
Wafande.jpg
Wafande in Øksnehallen, 2014
Background information
Birth nameWafande Pierre Jolivel Zahor
Born (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 37)
Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
GenresReggae, Soul
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–2020
LabelsUniversal Music

Wafande Pierre Jolivel Zahor (born January 21, 1983), better known by his mononym Wafande is a French/Danish/African singer and songwriter in the field of reggae, soul and urban-hit tunes and is a true influencer in the nature of the word.[1] These factors are reflected in his music and personality and have made him famous in Denmark. He is signed to Universal Music.[2]

Life[edit]

Wafande, born to an African father, a musician, and a Danish-French mother has roots in Denmark, France, Tanzania, Congo, Malawi and Oman. He was born with music in his blood. "My father was a musician, he was a blues singer. I grew up with a lot of Ray Charles, and Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Big Mama Thornton. My dad used to play everything. He had a huge record collection. I remember I had a lot of fun with that record player."[3]

He grew up in Freetown Christiania, a neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wafande moved with his family to France when he was 8 years old.[4] For some years, Wafande's studies and his basketball skills took the upper hand, but at the point when real choices had to be made, Wafande chose his music career over the one as an elite basketball player. "I couldn't do basketball practice five times a week while out playing gigs in the weekends", Wafande explains. The music choice paid off; Wafande's track record of so far is three platinum and two gold singles and two top ten solo albums of which one gold.[5] Wafande's first hit came in 2011 with the platinum summer No. 1 single ’Gi’ Mig Et Smil’, produced by Pharfar and Fresh-I. More hit certifications followed; ‘En Anden’ (platinum) ’Uartig’ (2x platinum) debut album ‘Du Ved Det’ (gold), ‘Django (Klar På Noget Dumt)’ (gold) and ‘Se Mig I Dag’ (gold).[6]

In 2015 Wafande released the EP "Grand Danois" and the hit single "Himlen For Mig Selv" going straight to 'Ugens Uundgåelige' on Danish Radio P3 (powerplay) and topped the charts for weeks. Same year Wafande started a new project Black Dylan with producer Nuplex reaching the international scene, going straight to BBC Radio 2 playlist[7]. They have played several international live shows, including a show at London's Ronnie Scott's, London Jazz Festival and Eurosonic to name a few. Wafande has been a coach on TV2 Voice Junior for six seasons in a row, further establishing him as one of Denmark's biggest and most loved personalities.[8] In 2019, he is releasing a new Danish project with his long time friend and popular singer, Shaka Loveless and also several international releases, most recently with the producer duo Hyperclap, which has been playlisted to the German national radio station N-Joy.[9] On top of that, Wafande has been working hard in sessions in Europe, USA and Bahamas, resulting in a strong batch of new tracks, ready for the international scene. Wafande has done charity work with numerous foundations such as Red Cross[10], WWF[11], the homeless, children with cancer[12], and more.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak Position Certification
DAN
2011 Du ved det 4 Gold
2014 Nyt land 7

EP'er[edit]

· Grand Danois (2015)[13]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Position Certification Album
DAN
2011 "Gi mig et smil"
(feat. Lil' Kaka)
Platinum[14] Du ved det
"En anden"
(feat. Xander)
19 Platinum[15]
2012 "Uartig" 6 2*Platinum[16]
2014 "Django (Klar på noget dumt)" 13 Gold[17] Nyt land
"Se mig i dag" 40 Gold[18]
2015 "Himlen For Mig Selv" Grand Danois[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wafande. vender kærestesorg til glade rytmer". Kendte.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Wafande". Universal.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Black Dylan release a new music video". Ventsmagazine.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Wafande hylder 4 kvinder i sit liv". alt.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Wafande jeg er et gadekryds". Berlinske.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Wafande er klar med debutalbum". Gaffa.dk. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Wafande". musicall.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Voice Junior". tv.tv2.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Wafande Shaka". listen.tidal.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "1570 tons tak for tøjet, Danmark". omtv2.tv2.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Unge reportere skal redde løven, Danmark". Fyens.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kræftsyge børn har større chance for at overleve". Berlinske.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  13. ^ "Wafande: Grand Danois". Gaffa.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "2011–SP35". Ifpi.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "2012–SP36". Ifpi.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Home – IFPI". Ifpi.dk. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "2014–S165". Ifpi.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  18. ^ "2016–SD67". Ifpi.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  19. ^ "Wafande: Grand Danois". GAFFA.dk. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

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