ESSENCE.com’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet Nigerian soul singer, Bez, who’s video “That Stupid Song” was the first by an African artist to premiere on BET.
Born into a musical family in Nigeria, Bez is a singer/songwriter currently at the helm of an emerging alternative soul movement in Africa. Armed with his guitar and playful vintage-sounding vocals, the 29-year-old manages to keep one foot firmly planted in his Nigerian roots and the other in American soul music.
His feel-good single, “That Stupid Song” debuted on BET’s 106 and Park earlier this year, making it the first video by an African artist to ever premiere on the network. He also recently inked a publishing and music deal with Universal.
At the moment, Bez is currently working hard to cement his American presence. Watch Bez’s “That Stupid Song” and let us know what you think.