Peak UK Chart Position: #16 in May 1993.
Nigerian-born Alban Nwapa turns 59 today. He once ran his own dentistry practice, but found bigger fame as a DJ who would sing along to the records he played – ultimately becoming a performing artist in his own right.
“It’s My Life” was a huge success, hitting number one in Sweden, Austria, Germany, Israel, and the Netherlands, but was denied here in the UK, spending three weeks at number two as Shamen’s “Ebeneezer Goode” held the top spot. It was far from Dr Alban’s first hit in Europe though, as songs such as “Hello Afrika” (featuring Leila K of “Got To Get” fame), “No Coke”, and “U & Mi” hit the top ten (and in some cases number one) in various countries.
“Sing Hallelujah” was top ten in most European countries, and his third UK release (the second, “One Love”, only managed to get to number 45). His success continued abroad well into the nineties, and he is still sporadically releasing new material. He failed in his attempt to represent his homeland Sweden at Eurovision in 2014 (with Jessica Folcker) when voted out of ‘Melodifestivalen 2014’ (their equivalent of ‘A Song For Europe’) during the third semi-final.
Here’s the second song this week featuring the word Hallelujah. A dearth of actual live performances of this – so here’s a nice bit of lip-syncing instead.