Wax Dey

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Wax Dey
Birth nameNde Ndifonka
Also known asWax Dey
Born (1985-05-09) May 9, 1985 (age 33)
Bamenda, Cameroon
Occupation(s) Singer, Entrepreneur, Activist
Years active2006–present
Labels Calabash Record
Associated acts Yemi Alade, Banky W, Mr. Leo

Nde Ndifonka (born May 9, 1985), popularly known by his stage name Wax Dey, is a Cameroonian singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and social activist. [1] [2] [3] He won Best Male Artist in Central Africa at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). [4] He owns a record label called Calabash Music. In December 2015, he released the Yemi Alade-assisted "Saka Makossa". It translates to Dance Makossa and pays tribute to the music genre Makossa. [5]

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Cameroon Republic in West Africa

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Early life and beginnings

Nde Ndifonka was born in Bamenda and is from the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He was inspired to get into music when his father brought home a VHS cassette. He started listening to Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and others. He did his secondary school studies at the Sacred Heart College in Bamenda were was singing with the school choir and also took part in songs competitions, all this help him to find a place in music. He later graduated from the University of Buea [6] after studying law.

Bamenda Place in Northwest, Cameroon

Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town, is a city in northwestern Cameroon and capital of the Northwest Region. The city has a population of about 2 million people and is located 366 kilometres (227 mi) north-west of the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé. Bamenda is known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location.

Northwest Region (Cameroon) region of Cameroon

The Northwest Region, or North-West Region of Cameroon is part of the territory of the Southern Cameroons, found in the western highlands of Cameroon. It is bordered to the southwest by the Southwest Region, to the south by the West Region, to the east by the Adamawa Region, and to the north by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Bamenda is the capital of the region.

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Career

He began his professional career in 2008 with the released of African Soul with records such as butterfly. In 2006 Richard Nwamba described him as a new found young talent to walk in the shoes of Richard Buna [7] He released his debut solo album in 2016 title (360 degrees) featuring artist such as Banky W,Yemi Alade and host of others. [8] [9] In 2012, he earn 3 nomination for the Cameroon Entertainment Award as best artist and when speaking with Sheer publishing he said

Yemi Alade Nigerian singer

Yemi Eberechi Alade, simply known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single "Johnny".

It feels really good to get such recognition only a couple of years after I took up music fulltime. I've been doing a lot of things career-wise, and even when it came to music, I've always been behind the scenes...

[10] [11] As part of his social activism, he became a LuquLuqu Ambassador to the UN in Africa 2017. [12]

Selected discograpgy

Singles

Awards and recognition

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2016All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) in Lagos,Nigeria Best Male artistHimself (Best Male Artist in Central Africa [4] Won
2012The Cameroon Entertainment Awards (CEA)Best artistHimselfNominated

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