Nico & Vinz
Nico & Vinz are a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo composed of Kahouly Nicolay “Nico” Sereba from Holmlia, Oslo and Vincent “Vinz” Dery from Lambertseter, Oslo. They formed in 2009 as Envy and are based in Oslo. They changed their name to Nico & Vinz in January 2014 after the international success of “Am I Wrong”.
In April 2013 they released “Am I Wrong” under the name Envy. In January 2014, the duo changed their name from Envy to Nico & Vinz, in coordination with their signing to Warner Bros. Records in the United States to avoid being confused with other artists with a similar name. With international success of the single, the duo changed the credits of the single to the new adopted name. The song has peaked to number 2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart, the song has also peaked to number 2 on the Danish Singles Chart and number 2 on the Swedish Singles Chart. It also reached number 1 on the American Top 40 Charts. It was followed up with another release “In Your Arms” which also charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
The music video for “Am I Wrong” was directed and edited by Kavar Singh. The video for “Am I Wrong” was filmed in Botswana and at the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was put together in a deliberate effort to present a positive side of Africa when the image of the continent is too often mired in negative news stories. The music video was released via YouTube on June 20, 2013, and has been gaining much attention with over a hundred and thirty million views. The group played many major Norwegian television-shows and kept saying they would aim even higher and try to break through into American audiences. In 2013 they performed live at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.