Europe: Mad over Madcon
Posted by addisethiopia on July 16, 2011
M adcon (Mad Conspiracy) is an Ethio-Norwegian Hip Hop duo formed in 1992 by Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa.
They are well known from the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Interval Act, in which they performed their hit song “Glow” (The video). Madcon quickly established themselves in the Nordic music industry, and supports various international superstars like Destiny’s Child,50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Xzibit, Saian Supa Crew, Clipse, Redman (rapper), and Busta Rhymes.
Madcon supported the latest official European tour with Gang Starr. breakthrough came with the hit single “Barcelona” in 2002 with long-time collaborators Paperboys (on the Bonnier Madcon published a cover version of a 1967 Four Seasons Song “Beggin'”, earning the group several # 1 chart positions in Europe (including France, Portugal, Norway and Russia), and a global position # 2 on the European Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, they achieved 9 x platinum in Norway, and were No. 1 on the official Norwegian sales charts for 12 weeks, making “Beggin'” one of the biggest hits of all time in Norway . They led the World Music Awards on November 10 2008, and won the World’s Best Selling Norwegian Artist Award. After several negotiations, Their third album, “Inconvenient Truth” was released all over Europe in early to mid-2009, and the group saw other major releases, including in USA, Japan and Australia. Their song “Glow”, was the background of the “Eurovision 2010 Flashmob dance” music video that aired in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Interval act.
In 2011, during the gala awards ESKA Music Awards 2011 in Poland, was awarded the International Band of the Year.