Dr Alban – Hello Africa
Dr. Alban, real name Alban Uzoma Nwapa, is a Nigerian-born Swedish recording artist and producer. His music can best be described as a Eurodance/hip-hop reggae with a Dancehall style. He travelled to Sweden to study Dentistry but in a bid to sustain his education he became a DJ at a club in Stockholm.
He was known to usually sing over the records he played on his turntable and that made his popularity grow fast.
In 1990, he met Denniz Pop from the SweMix label and, together with Denniz and rap artist Leila K, released his first record, “Hello Afrika“.
His debut album “Hello Afrika” was produced by Denniz Pop and released on the label SweMix Records,it included hits like “Hello Afrika” and “No Coke“.
The album itself was quite successful which earned Dr. Alban Gold-certification-awards in numerous markets including Germany (for sales of over 250,000 units), Austria (for sales of over 25,000 units) and Switzerland (for sales of over 25,000 units). One year later this success was surpassed by the second album One Love.
He became famous for his worldwide 1992 hit “It’s My Life” which was one of the songs from his second album “One Love” and was used as the theme song for a famous advert back in the days.
His third album “Look Who’s Talking!” was released in 1994, which managed to enter the top-10 in numerous markets including Germany, Switzerland and Austria.The album was the first to earn Dr. Alban a Gold certification award in his home country Sweden for sales of over 50,000 units.
Dr. Alban later on,founded his own record label Dr. Records, whereon he released his 1996 album, Born in Africa. The album was unable to match up with the success of the previous album releases.
Throughout his career he has sold an estimated 16 million records worldwide.
Here is the link to the video for “Hello Afrika“