Full Name: Emmanuel Bezhiwa Idakula
Stage Name: Bez
Place of Birth: Jos, Nigeria
Date of Birth: November 10, 1983
Marriage Status: Single
Education: Covenant University
Bez did not stumble upon music; it was inscribed on his genes. He grew up as a musical child in a musical family, absorbing every bit of music around him and transmitting all of it through the instrument he loved most, the guitar. While in college, he pursued an undeniable passion for music, honing his skills day by day to produce one of the most remarkable playing styles. His first live performance was with gospel group KUSH, and then other regular performances with Sage Has son, (A spoken word artist) followed, sharing the stage with Mode9, Terry tha Rap Man, Djinee, M.I, Roof Top Mcs and many more in quite a number of events including Taruwa® an unplugged show he features in regularly. One of his most defining moments was performing as an opening act with Cobhams, an ace producer at Asa’s two day concert in Lagos.
Tagged as “The next big thing” in the Nigerian music scene by the Guardian and Thisday newspapers in two consecutive weeks, his style can be described as a hybrid of jazz, soul, and world music, a really eclectic sound he calls alternative soul. Though quite different from the ever-popular afro hip-hop genre in Nigeria, he believes the quality of his music would create a niche by itself taking him to greater heights as he takes a life long ride creating and sharing his music with the world.
Bez received five nominations in the 2012 Headies, Nigerian music awards, for Recording Of The Year (single “Stupid Song”), Best R ‘N’ B Single (“Stupid Song”), Best R ‘N’ B/Pop Album (Super Sun), Best Collaboration (Stupid Song featuring Praiz), Best Vocal Performance, and Hip Hop World Revelation.