Cape Town – Nico & Vinz are back with their second studio album, Black Star Elephant, and Channel24 is offering fans an exclusive pre-listen before the album officially drops on 14 October.
For those of you who are not familiar with Nico & Vinz, they are a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo composed of Nicolas "Nico" Sereba and Vincent Dery. They formed in 2009 as Envy and are based in Oslo. They changed their name to Nico & Vinz in January 2014 after the international success of Am I Wrong.
They have tapped into the heart of global culture by writing and performing songs that joyfully speak of life, love and identity. Though it’s hard to name their sound, consider it reminiscent of The Police and Paul Simon’s Graceland.
Since their debut in 2010 as Envy, Nico & Vinz have drawn huge audiences thanks to their unique performance style. In June 2011 they released their debut single, One Song which peaked at #19 on the Norwegian Single Chart and earned them a Spelleman Award (Norwegian equivalent to a Grammy) for the song’s video.
Their combined focus has evolved into a movement and a message. In their song, Am I Wrong that flew to the top of the charts in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden last year, they speak about a universal theme following your own heart. "It is our hope that people who are asking ‘should I go the safest way that everybody says I should go, even though my gut says to go where my true happiness lies?’ to be happy. We want to inspire them to follow their heart," says Nico.
In early 2014, Nico & Vinz received the European Boarder Breakers Award (EBBA) at Eurosonic Festival, performed at the Spellemann Awards, rehearsed for their upcoming tour, and launched Am I Wrong worldwide.
Fuelled by global ambitions, they are working full-time on their next album. As Nico & Vinz expand their artistic reach, they admit that it’s happening because of their big dreams. "We set such high goals because we have to. Especially coming from Norway, a country of 5 million people, it’s very unusual for people to say I want to be big, as big as Michael Jackson even. We are kind of rebellious in that way of thinking. We want to show people that you can become whatever you want if you believe and work hard," says Nico.Listen to Black Star Elephant here:Click here to get the album from iTunes.
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