Mr. Leo

Mr.Leo
Mr Leo en 2021.jpg
Mr Leo in 2021
Background information
Birth nameFonyuy Leonard Nsohburinka
Born (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 31)
Buea, Southwest Region (Cameroon)
Genres
Occupation(s)Artist, singer
Instruments
Years active2015–present
Labels

Fonyuy Leonard Nsohburinka is a Cameroonian singer (born August 21, 1990) [1] who is well known by his stage name Mr. Leo, he rose to fame after his single "E go beta" a hit aired in most Radio/TV stations in the country.[2][3] Mr. Leo is an artist; in 2016, he received three awards at the Balafon Music Awards 2016 edition in Song of the Year, Revelation of the Year and Best Male Artist.[4] He was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in Lagos, Nigeria 2017 edition in the category of Best Male Central Africa.[5][6] As part of his career, in March 2017 he became the brand ambassador of Itel Mobile in Cameroon.[7][8]

Early life and education

Mr. Leo was born Fonyuy Leonard Nsohburinka on August 21, 1990, and grew up in a military camp (Warder Barracks) in Buea, Southwest Region (Cameroon). He is a member of the Nso people who grew up in a military ghetto. He is the 3rd child in a family of 4.[3]

Career

Mr. Leo performing at the Douala Hip Hop Festival in 2017

In 2016, Africa news aggregates AllAfrica.com published that, Mr. Leo passion in music started when he became a member of a school Choir Break Through voices Leo finally left the camp and moved to molyko the (heart of studies and entertainment) in South west region of Cameroon . There is time for everything, Leo, professional career started when he signed a recording deal with Alpha Better Records in 2015, in the same year, Alpha Better records released his debut single hit song titled (E go Beta) and in November 2015 his label released another of Mr.Leo single title On Va Gérer which means (we shall manage). Mr. Leo's career has earned the Cameroonian artist 5 awards in the following categories which include; best lyricist, best new artist, best video and best song with a message and best Cameroonian soul music.[2][6] Leo was inspired by Seal, Lemar, 2face Idibia and others. Mr. Leo has been recognized by awards and nominations such as the African Entertainment Awards (USA), he was nominated for best Francophone artist and Best Male Single in Jamais-Jamais 2017.
[9][10] In 2017, he signed an endorsement deal with Itel Mobile as brand ambassador in Cameroon and he said {Big Deal being signed with itel Mobile, I’m blessed!.}[7][8] Like any other artist, he has done collaboration with artists such as Wax dey , X-Maleya, Locko, Magasco, Hiro, Fanicko and others.[11]

Mr Leo in 2017

In 2020, he founded the record label Lionn Production through which he produces Cameroonian artists Kameni and Gomez. He left Alpha Beta records Label in July 2020, after 13 years.[12][13]

In 2021, he was selected to part to be part of the Grammy Awards Recording Academy.[14][15]

Personal life

Mr. Leo is still single.[2]

Discography

Selected as single

  • O'Leo (Colleta) (2012)
  • No Judge Me (2012)
  • E go Better (2015)
  • On Va Gerer (2015)
  • Femme ft Rude Bway (2015)
  • C’est Faux (2016)
  • Kemayo
  • Jamais Jamais
  • Je T’aime ft Hiro (2016)
  • Partout (2017)
  • Je suis désolé (2018)
  • On se connait pas (2018)
  • Je suis à toi (2018)
  • Patronne (2019)
  • Amen (2019)
  • Zege Zege (2020)
  • Asabe (2020)
  • Time (2020)
  • Jei Jei (2021)
  • Choisir (2022)

Collaboration

  • X Maleya – Maria
  • Revolution – C’est Pas Ma Faute
  • Better Featuring Wax Dey
  • Que Ce Qui N’a Pas Marcher featuring (Alpha Better Artists)
  • Higher Higher Featuring (Alpha Better Artists)
  • Fap Kolo Featuring Salatiel
  • Supporter Featuring Locko –
  • Love na Love Remix Featuring (Charly B)
  • Clando Featuring Blaise B and Salatiel
  • Madame Tout le Monde Featuring (Rhythmz )
  • Jamais Jamais remix Featuring Flavour N'abania[16]

Mr.Leo selected Albums

  • Love Original 2017 (13 Tracks)[17]

Awards and recognition

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Central Africa Best Male artist himself Nominated
2016 Balafon Music Awards 3 wards (Song of the Year, Revelation of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.) Himself Won
2017 African Entertainment Awards (USA) Best Male Single: Jamais-Jamais Won

See also

References

  1. ^ Blinks, Josy (April 15, 2020). "Biography of Mr.leo". Welcome to AfriblinksBlog, best African entertainment Blog. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Cameroon: Mr Leo – Already Addicted to Music". AllAfrica. June 19, 2016. Archived from the original on December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mr Leo Biography". culturebene.com. July 2, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mr. Leo stole the night at the Balafon Music Awards 2016 winning three awards out of his four nominations". December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "AFRIMA 2017: Daphne, Mr Leo, Jovi, & others set to battle for awards". betatinz.com. August 19, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "AFRIMA 2017: Locko, Montess win at music award ceremony". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Mr Leo signs Big Deal with itel Mobile".
  8. ^ a b https://www.ticmag.net/cameroun-mr-leo-nouvel-ambassadeur-de-marque-itel/
  9. ^ "Mr. Leo, Charlotte Dipanda, Reniss... Nominés au African Entertainment Awards USA".
  10. ^ "Mr Leo invité spécial du One Africa Music Fest aux Etats-Unis - Journal du Cameroun". www.journalducameroun.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2017.
  11. ^ http://www.kamermoov.cm/10538-mr-leo-ft-fanicko-je-suis-moi-comme-ca.html
  12. ^ "Après 13 ans de collaboration, Mr. Léo quitte le label Alpha Better Records". Culturebene (in French). June 8, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Lucas, Mbah (June 9, 2020). "Mr Leo quits Alpha better records: A bitter sweet divorce?". TeboPost. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Mr. Léo sélectionné pour l'académie d'enregistrement des Grammy Awards". Journal du Cameroun (in French). Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  15. ^ Chi, Fabz (July 3, 2021). "Mr. Leo joins Recording Academy / GRAMMYs 2021 alongside over 2000 new members to Expand Voting Diversity. - KESA Magazine, Africa's No1 in Showbiz and Entertainment". Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "Mr Leo s'associe avec Flavour pour faire le remix de Jamais Jamais | Made in MBOA". madeinmboa.net. Archived from the original on April 10, 2018.
  17. ^ "« Love Original » de MR Leo, un album de treize titres dans les bacs le 17 Novembre 2017. Découvrez en exclusivité la tracklist". November 14, 2017.