Airtel

Winlot

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Personality: Dr Alban turns 50

Nigerian-born, Sweden-based singer, Dr. Alban turned 50 years old on Sunday August 26th. Alban Nwapa was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1957. He is a musician and a producer with his own record label, dr-records. His music can best be described as a Eurodance/hip-hop reggae with a dancehall style



At age 23, he began studying odontology. In order to be able to finance his university studies the music-loving odontology student started making his own music. During this time Alban worked as a DJ in the well-known Stockholm club 'Alphabet Street'. Very quickly his name became widely known, especially since Alban often sang to the records he put on the turntable as a DJ. DJ René couldn't help but notice him and so he was discovered. Alban finished his studies and even opened his own dentistry practice, keeping his disk jockeying as a lucrative sideline. He worked as a dentist for three years.


In 1990, he met Denniz PoP from the SweMix label. Alban laid aside his dentist's drill and realised his dream. Together with Denniz and Rap-Queen Leila K, his first record, "Hello Africa" - his declaration of love for his African home - broke all records. Alban Nwapa took the stage name Dr. Alban, a nod to his dental studies. His debut album Hello Africa sold roughly 1 million copies world-wide.

One year later this success was surpassed by the second album One Love. 1.6 million singles of the song "It's My Life" were sold. It was #1 in the Netherlands, Israel and Germany and #2 in the UK. The following single "One Love" was #5 in Israel. The album immediately sold over 1.7 million units. Then followed the albums Look Who's Talking and Born In Africa. All in all, Dr. Alban has racked up world-wide sales of over 5 million albums and over 6 million singles, which resulted in 7 times Silver, 30 times Gold and 30 times Platinum. His hit single "No Coke" was used to illustrate an anti-drugs campaign in Sweden. The single "Sing Hallelujah" reached #5 in Israel.


He is the cousin to Charly Boy! And he has a daughter.
He is the coolest guy in the world! Happy fiftieth birthday to you Alban. Kisses!

15 comments:

the girl is good said...

Didn't know he was that old

the girl is good said...

I didn't know he was that old. Happy Birthday, Doc.

Vera Ikeji said...

Happy belated Birthday, Dr Alban! One love.

pepski said...

Linda enough of Dr Alban.
How far with Dan Foster ? Are you guys Back together? Give us the gist jo!!!!

Anonymous said...

@pepski, you dey find trouble o.Anything you see from linda after this your question,make you take o.This matter has been discussed severally and explained right here for the whole world.Which one be your own again?Abeg,let sleeping dog lie.
Cunnie4real

Anonymous said...

Gosh! I wish i look like him when I'm 50!!!

Linda Ikeji said...

@pepski...are u kidding me?lol

Meadows j. said...

DR ALBAN IS SOOOO WIERD, NOT YET MARRIED AT HIS AGE, THATS WAY DODGEY. HE IS NOT COOL ENOUGH JARE.

@PEPSKI, DAN FOSTER KE? LINDA SURE DESERVES BETTER, I DONT WANT HIM ANYWHERE NEAR HER.

de'-tente said...

50? wow!! cool.

Ugo Daniels said...

40...WOW, now that's fcuking OLD. wELL...HAPPY BUFFDAY TO HIM

Anonymous said...

@linda Ikeji says "Pepski are u kidding me". Is that all u could tell pepski?Na wa 4 u o.Maybe u still have soft spot for that guy.Linda na wa 4 u.
Concerned lagosian

naijagal said...

who said he is not yet married he is very married!

here is the linkhttp://www.dralban.info/

click on gallery his wife or significant other is dutch?

wienna said...

Hmm....Lin Lin baby. I know dat's always been one of your crushes ;). Happy b'day, dr. Alban.

Dorothy Zyna said...

loool happy birthday uncle! LOL

Dorothy Zyna said...

loool happy birthday uncle Alban! :D