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French-Canadian R&B vocalist Corneille translated personal tragedy into pop music achievement along with his 2003 debut LP, Parce Qu’on Vient de Loin, a robust and frequently harrowing song routine motivated by his family’s murder as a result of a Rwandan loss of life squad. Delivered Corneille Nyungura in Freiburg, Germany, on March 24, 1977, he was created right into a Rwandan family members completing an abroad study plan. He even so spent nearly all his years as a child in Africa, absorbing indigenous musical traditions along with the pioneering American spirit of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Question, and Prince. As a teenager, Corneille also uncovered his parents’ assortment of traditional chanson information by Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, among others, which melting container of affects converged to create a kid prodigy who initial recorded his personal original tunes at age group 16. An appearance on Rwanda’s nationwide Discovery Honours broadcast soon adopted, but in Apr 1994 Corneille’s budding music profession ground to some horrifying halt whenever a Rwandan armed service group stormed his house, eliminating his Tutsi dad, his Hutu mom, and his siblings while he appeared on in terror from behind the family members couch. Still reeling from his ordeal, Corneille became a member of up with several fellow Rwandan refugees and fled to Zaire, where he located a German few who once befriended his parents. The few required him in and brought him to European countries, where he continued to be prior to shifting to Canada in 1997. Upon settling in Montreal, Corneille began monitoring marketing communications while moonlighting in O.N.E., an R&B trio he founded with close friends from Haiti. After rating a Quebecois strike with the solitary “Zoukin’,” the group became fittings from the Montreal live circuit, starting for headliners including Isabelle Boulay. Corneille break up from O.N.E. in 2001 to support a solo profession, earning interest and acclaim for any breakout performance in the 2002 Francofolies event. The appearance gained him a gig alongside Eurythmics alum Dave Stewart, and the next year he released Parce Qu’on Vient de Loin, a wrenchingly honest roman ? clef documenting the increased loss of his family members and subsequent get away from his homeland. The name cut and “Seul au Monde” had been both huge strikes, and gained Corneille nominations as Greatest Newcomer and Greatest Album in the 2004 Victoires de la Musique honours. Following a well-received tour that included an appearance in the Good Jazz Event, he returned towards the studio room to slice “Dix ans Outfit,” a duet with mbalax pioneer Youssou N’Dour for any fund-raising LP for the Helps activism group Outfit Contre le Sida. At year’s end, Corneille came back to Quebec to get the exclusive Félix honor for Best Man Artist of the entire year. At a particular wedding ceremony, he also became the official Canadian resident. In 2005 he produced his first come back visit to Africa since his family’s murder, executing on the N’Dour-organized Africa Live concert to improve money for malaria victims. Corneille’s much-anticipated sophomore work, Les Marchands de Rêves, finally strike shops that November, painting a far more positive family portrait of African culture while additional embracing the Afrobeat, reggae, and spirit affects that dominated his youngsters. In 2007 he produced his first try to split the English-speaking marketplace with the record The Delivery of Cornelius. The record do well in France but got little impact somewhere else until it had been picked up 2 yrs afterwards by Motown, who re-released it within the U.S. and in various other English-speaking territories, where it begun to pick up vapor. For the time being, Corneille returned to French, creating two more strike albums, Sans Titre in ’09 2009 and Les Inséparables in 2011, which provided him his third French TOP hit.

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Died October 1, 1684, Paris, France
Profession Playwright
Education Lycée Pierre-Corneille
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Marie de Lampérière
Children Merik Nyungura
Parents Émile Nyungura, Pascasie Nyungura
Siblings Delphine Nyungura, Florian Nyungura, Christian Nyungura
Awards NRJ Music Award for Video of the Year, MuchMusic Video Award for Best French Video
Music Groups Les Enfoirés
Music Songs Parce qu’on vient de loin, Il faudra leur dire, Seul au monde, Avec classe, Des Pères, des Hommes et des Frères, Le Jour après la fin du monde, Les marchands de rêves, Au bout de nos peines, Fly Me to the Moon, Comme un fils, Les Sommets de Nos Vies, Rêves de star, Le bon Dieu est une femme, Tout va bien, Too Much of Everything, Le Bar des sentimentalistes, Reposez en paix, Si tu savais, Zoukin, Quand tu danses, L'or de nos vies, Tu mérites mieux, Laissez-nous vivre, Viens, Bonne idée, Sur la tombe de mes gens, Wine and bubble, Dis-moi que tu m'aimes, Petite soeur, Qu'est ce que tu fais ?, Le Paradis, Lettre à la Maison Blanche
Albums Entre Nord et Sud, Les inséparables, Sans titre, The Birth of Corneilius, The Birth of Cornelius, Le Village des Enfoirés, Les marchands de rêves, Le Train des Enfoirés, Live, Parce qu'on vient de loin
Nominations NRJ Music Award for Francophone Male Artist of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Song of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Album of the Year, MTV Europe Music Award for Best French Act, Soul Train Music Centric Certified Award, Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Movies Corneille – Brecht, The Screen Illusion, Passion and Revenge

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1 He is an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Canada. He did a trip to Africa in June 2006 for the UN.
2 Singer: single "Chanter qu'on les aime" (2004)



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