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Dr Alban

Dr Alban   (Sweden)

EuroDance group
Added : 24/01/2000
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Hello Afrika
One Love
Look Who's Talking
Look Who's Talking
Born In Africa
The Best of Dr. Alban 1990-1997
I Believe
It's My Life
Prescription
Back To Basics
The Ultimate Collection 1990-2014
Fly Eagles
Hello Afrika
No Coke
Sing Shi-Wo-Wo (Stop The Pollution)
U & Mi
It's My Life
One Love
Sing Hallelujah
No Coke '93
Look Who's Talking
Away From Home
Let The Beat Go On
This Time I'm Free
Born In Africa
Hallelujah Day
Mr DJ
It's My Life '97
Long Time Ago
Feel The Rhythm
Sing Hallelujah '98
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner / Enemies
Papaya Coconut
Because Of You
What Do I Do
Work Work
Sing Hallelujah 2004
Habibi
I Love The 90's
Hello South Africa
Tell Me What U Want
Freedom
It's My Life 2014
Around The World
Hurricane
Sweet Dreams
Take A Ride
Hakuna Matata
Colour The World
Alla Vi
I Like To Move It
Chiki Chiki
No Coke
My Cool
Summerday
Loverboy
Master
Beautiful People
Who Am I
Sing Hallelujah 2014
It's My Life (Don't Worry)
Good To You
89 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Latest Dr Alban news

26/04/2017 : Along with Vessy Boneva and Deepzone, Dr Alban was featured by Admiral C4C on song Turn It Up.

09/02/2016 : Forthcoming song that Dr Alban, Haddaway, Franca Morgano and Katja Bredahl recorded together will be entitled Volcano. Song was written and produced by Chief 1. Video will premiere on Ferratum's Facebook page this coming Friday. Ferratum bank is one the main sponsors of Vi Elsker 90'erne concerts (Thanks to Anders Bøgh)

30/01/2016 : Dr Alban posted a photo of him in studio in Copenhagen with Haddaway and Franca Morgano (Magic Affair) (Thanks to Anders Bøgh)

30/05/2015 : Discover the videoclip for Dr Alban's new single Hurricane, directed by David Geczy and produced by Csaba Czinkoczky. With Jessica Folcker on backing vocals...

09/05/2015 : Dr Alban's new single will be entitled Hurricane. He just shot the video, featuring a cool Great Dane.

13/11/2014 : Dr Alban and Chawki did a rework of anthem It's My Life. Out today under RedOne Records.

11/06/2014 : Dr Alban just released a best of album entitled The Ultimate Collection 1990-2014.

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Dr Alban albums

Hello Afrika Hello Afrika Oct 1990
One Love One Love May 1992
Look Who's Talking Look Who's Talking 1994
Look Who's Talking Look Who's Talking (French release) 1994
Born In Africa Born In Africa 1996
The Best of Dr. Alban 1990-1997 The Best of Dr. Alban 1990-1997 1997
I Believe I Believe 12th Dec 1997
It's My Life It's My Life (re-release of Look Who's Talking) 1998
Prescription Prescription 29th May 2000
Back To Basics Back To Basics 2007
The Ultimate Collection 1990-2014 The Ultimate Collection 1990-2014 28th May 2014

Dr Alban DVDs et VHS

Look Who's Talking (Video And More) Look Who's Talking (Video And More) 1994 VHS

 

Dr Alban singles

Fly Eagles Fly Eagles  
Hello Afrika Hello Afrika (feat Leila K) Jul 1990  
No Coke No Coke Sep 1990  
Sing Shi-Wo-Wo (Stop The Pollution) Sing Shi-Wo-Wo (Stop The Pollution) 1991  
U & Mi U & Mi Jan 1991  
It's My Life It's My Life Apr 1992  
One Love One Love Aug 1992  
Sing Hallelujah Sing Hallelujah Jan 1993  
No Coke '93 No Coke '93 Sep 1993  
Look Who's Talking Look Who's Talking Feb 1994  
Away From Home Away From Home May 1994  
Let The Beat Go On Let The Beat Go On Aug 1994  
This Time I'm Free This Time I'm Free Aug 1995  
Born In Africa Born In Africa Feb 1996  
Hallelujah Day Hallelujah Day May 1996  
Mr DJ Mr DJ Aug 1997  
It's My Life '97 It's My Life '97 12th Sep 1997  
Long Time Ago Long Time Ago Nov 1997  
Feel The Rhythm Feel The Rhythm Apr 1998  
Sing Hallelujah '98 Sing Hallelujah '98 Apr 1998  
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner / Enemies Guess Who's Coming To Dinner / Enemies (feat Michael Rose) 22nd Apr 1998  
Papaya Coconut Papaya Coconut (vs Kikki Danielsson) Oct 1998  
Because Of You Because Of You Feb 2000  
What Do I Do What Do I Do Apr 2000  
Work Work Work Work Jun 2003  
Sing Hallelujah 2004 Sing Hallelujah 2004 (with Yamboo) Dec 2003  
Habibi Habibi (feat Melissa) 2007  
I Love The 90's I Love The 90's (with Haddaway) 31st May 2008  
Hello South Africa Hello South Africa (vs Sash!) 2010  
Tell Me What U Want Tell Me What U Want (with Melissa) Sep 2010  
Freedom Freedom 22nd Feb 2012  
It's My Life 2014 It's My Life 2014 10th Jan 2014  
Around The World Around The World 23rd Feb 2014  
Hurricane Hurricane 29th May 2015  

 

Dr Alban remixes

No Coke (The Twelve Inch Remixes) No Coke (The Twelve Inch Remixes) 1990  
Hello Afrika Hello Afrika 1990  
U & Mi U & Mi 1991  
It's My Life (Raggadag Remix) It's My Life (Raggadag Remix) 1992  
One Love One Love 1992  
Sing Hallelujah Sing Hallelujah 1993  
Away From Home Away From Home 1994  
Look Who's Talking (The U.S. House Remixes) Look Who's Talking (The U.S. House Remixes) 1995  
This Time I'm Free This Time I'm Free 1995  

 

Featurings and collaborations

Sweet Dreams Swing - Sweet Dreams 13th Apr 1994  
Take A Ride Rob'n'raz Circus - Take A Ride 1996  
Hakuna Matata Swahili Nation - Hakuna Matata 1997  
Colour The World Sash! - Colour The World Jan 1999  
Alla Vi Friends In Need - Alla Vi Apr 1999  
I Like To Move It DJ Aligator Project - I Like To Move It 2002  
Chiki Chiki Starclub - Chiki Chiki 2006  
No Coke A-moe - No Coke Oct 2006  
My Cool Al Azif vs Adam Tensta - My Cool 2008  
Summerday m:ret-zon - Summerday 15th May 2009  
Loverboy Gosia Andrzejewicz - Loverboy 21st May 2012  
Master St John's Dance - Master 3rd Oct 2012  
Beautiful People Paradox Factory - Beautiful People 29th Nov 2012  
Who Am I Jessica Folcker - Who Am I 19th Mar 2013  
Sing Hallelujah 2014 Scotty presents Yamboo - Sing Hallelujah 2014 14th Mar 2014  
It's My Life (Don't Worry) Chawki - It's My Life (Don't Worry) 13th Nov 2014  
Good To You Basic Element - Good To You 20th May 2016  

Productions, co-production, executive production

Free Cool James and Black Teacher - Free 1998  
Alla Vi Friends In Need - Alla Vi Apr 1999  

Songwriting

It's My Life Dr Alban - It's My Life Apr 1992  
Sing Hallelujah Dr Alban - Sing Hallelujah Jan 1993  

 



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Dr Alban biography

Alban Nwapa was born on August 26th 1957 in Uguta, Enugu (Nigeria). He grew up listening to Fela Kuti and James Brown. At age 23 Alban moved to Stockholm to live with his uncle (a diplomate) and began studying dentistry in Karolinska Institute. In order to be able to finance his university studies the music-loving medical 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 well 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 the highly intelligent and  medical student was discovered. But first Alban finished his studies and even opened his own dentistry practice.

In 1990, he met Denniz PoP from the SweMix label in the legendary 'Alphabet Street'. Even then Denniz PoP was already one of the top producers in the music business. 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 became Dr. Alban - and a superstar. His debut-album Hello Africa sold roughly one million copies world-wide!

Only a year later this success was surpassed by the second album One Love. 1,6 million single units of the song It's My Life were sold (the single was even used as background music for an Tampax advert). It was # 1 in Israel, # 2 in UK, # 1 in Germany and Europe. 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 can look back on world-wide sales of over 5 millions albums and over 6 millions singles - which resulted in: 7 times Silver, 30 times Gold and 30 times Platinum so far. These rather dry (but very impressive) figures leave to doubt: the Dance-dentist belongs to the group of International Mega-Stars. His hit No Coke was even used to illustrate a anti-drugs campain in Sweden. The single Sing Hallelujah was also very successful, reaching # 5 in Israel.

After a re-release of No Coke, Dr Alban confirmed his Eurodance style with his hit Look Who's Talking Now, reaching # 4 in Israel, # 6 at MTV Europe, and # 54 in UK. Let The Beat Go On was # 12 in Israel, # 12 at MTV. It featured the voices of Nana Hedin, as always, and Jessica Folcker.

In 1995, along with Swing, he covered the famous Euroythmics song Sweet Dreams. Birgitta Edoff contributed to the vocals.

Dr. Alban's musical influences cannot be missed : the late Fela Kuti is 'the' African National Hero, the king of Afro Beat. As his idols the doctor names Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, two of the most important Reggae-legends of all time. The combination of these sounds, mixed with rhythmic dance grooves and harmonic pop melodies have become Dr. Alban's hallmark. That his musical talent runs in the family is shown by the fact that one of his nieces has joined the ranks of the famous in the music business - Alban is the uncle of Ricarda Nonyem Wältken, better known under the name Ricky, member of the group Tic Tac Toe.

And it's not only musical talent that makes Alban stand out. He created his own record company 'Dr. Records', on which he released Born in Africa, the first CD recorded completely in his Dr Records studios. He became the producer of many successful artists such as La Cream. He even began designing clothes and created his own fashion company but he had to give it up because his musical career left him ne time to manage anything else. Anyway he keeps on creating all the clothes he wears on the scene. He didn't forget her family in Nigeria either : he built a house for them, and he spends 6 weeks each weeks in his homeland, with his Swedish girlfriend. Eventually he is very interested in football...

Yet these are not the only passions of the Swedish Nigerian. The great statesman Nelson Mandela and the committed artist have a lot in common. Both African men fight for peace and justice, against war, racism, famine and oppression. These are subjects which are documented in nearly all of Dr. Alban's songs: 'Men are men and should be treated equally. Peace, love and harmony between nations and peoples are more important than the colour of one's skin or one's religion.' Clear words from an intelligent man.

With his last album, Dr. Alban is about to write a new and extremely exciting chapter in the book of his career. On I Believe he was able to work together with some of his own heroes, like Sly & Robbie, Freddie Mc Gregor, Beenie Man, Charlie King, a.m.m. and several exciting mixes have been produced by Sash! & DJ Quicksilver (to name but a few). The album featured many interesting tracks such as Long Time Ago which was also released as a single, reaching # 9 in Israel. Then came Feel The Rhythm, featuring female vocals by Monica Lofgren.

In 1999, his voice was featured on Sash's single Colour The World. He also produced and released under his label Doctor records the track Alla Vi, a collaboration with the tennis-legend Björn Borg and former soccer-star Tomas Brolin. The project was called Friends In Need.

After one year of silence he came back with a new track entitled Because Of You, followed by What Do I Do and a new album, unfortunately absolutely not Eurodance-related. Alban says: ' I'm very satisfied with my new album Prescription, it has taken us two years to find a new sound that will stand out, be fresh and reach a broad public. Many hands have been involved in making this new album sound special. There are also guest appearances from Tony Rebell and Anthony B to name a few.'

2002 : DJ Aligator released a track featuring the voice of Dr. Alban : I Like To Move It, the cover of the Real 2 Reel hit.

Dr Alban opened his own restaurant and club, the "Stacy nite club" on Regeringsgatan in downtown Stockholm (Sweden). With seats for approximately 75, the restaurant serves lunches and dinners with a distinct tinge of the Asiatic while attracting commendations from the culinary columnists. "Classical and robust hot meals at affordable prices " commented Aftonbladet, the evening Swedish newspaper. "Exquisite fancy dishes - worth a visit" wrote Dagens Nyheter, a major national daily. Side by side with the restaurant, yet still separate, lies the night-club, open Wednesdays to Saturdays with enough space for 500 people to mingle in a recognizable club environment with bar, small tables and a stage for performances.

2003 : at last Dr Alban released some new material. Entitled Work Work, his new single was out in the stores in May.

2004 : Dr Alban released a cover of one of his biggest success : Sing Hallelujah Recall 2004, which entered Danish charts at #31.

2006 : Sing Hallelujah was once again covered, this time by Yamboo. It entered the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Dance Charts. In May, Dr Alban did a tour in Russia, he also appeared in Austria and Denmark with Yamboo. Dr Alban was featured on a new released single : Starclub feat. Dr Alban - Chiki Chiki. He started a collection of men's underwear : Exclusive Fashion from Dr Alban.

Dr Alban rumoured to be one of the wildcards in Melodifestivalen 2007. He confirmed to Swedish newspaper Expressen that he has been in discussions with broadcaster SVT. At the moment though, he's not saying any more than yes, he might make Melodifestivalen the place where he has his come-back. One of his backing singers on his big hit It's My Life, Marie Bergman, had herself represented Sweden in 1994.

Dr Alban is the uncle of Ricarda Wältken, a member of the German group Tic Tac Toe.

2007 : Dr Alban recorded a new single together with Lebanese artist Melissa entitled Habibi. A brand new album called Back To Basics followed. It is sold only on the Internet through his official website.

2008 : Dr Alban and Haddaway recorded together a single entitled I Love The 90s. It was released on May 31st, along with a videoclip. Female vocals were done by Malin Sundström, from the Caramell project.

Dr Alban also recorded a new song entitled Music In Me in April, with Sasi The Don, the Indian king of dancehall music. The song appeared on the Dutch version of the album Back To Basics.

2010 : Sing Hallelujah was covered by Italian artist DJ Hush. Dr Alban re-recorded his hit Hello Africa for Soccer World Cup 2010 and released it under the title Hello South Africa.

2011 : A part of Dr Alban's Sing Hallelujah's chorus was sampled and used in Collectif Métissé's new single Laisse Tomber Tes Problèmes.

2012 : Dr Alban's new single Freedom is a pop dance beat track will be released in Sweden on Febrary 22nd. He plays the role of an African king in the movie Sean Banan, to be released in Sweden on February 15th

©1998 Dr Records
Thanks to Shimon O'Hana for the charts positions
Thanks to Andrei Dinu, Madenn, Mihai, Mattias, aZo, Stavros aka Musicboy,Vision and Anders Bøgh
Oikotimes

Dr Alban biography was last updated Sat, January 31st 2015

Charts (singles)

Australia Austria Belgium Finland France Netherlands New Zealand Norway Sweden Switzerland
Hello Afrika #1 #25 #7 #3
No Coke #2 #26 #7 #6 #1 #3
Sing Shi-Wo-Wo (Stop The Pollution) #16 #36 #13
U & Mi #11 #20 #9
It's My Life #43 #1 #1 #13 #1 #49 #2 #1 #2
One Love #9 #8 #14 #42 #10 #19 #11
Sing Hallelujah #5 #7 #3 #4 #6 #8 #6 #4
Look Who's Talking #3 #5 #17 #4 #4 #2 #6
Away From Home #12 #27 #45 #24 #26
Let The Beat Go On #23 #9 #12 #19 #17
This Time I'm Free #23 #20 #2 #35 #11 #3 #32
Born In Africa #31 #1 #11 #47
Hallelujah Day #35 #12 #30
Mr DJ #21 #8

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