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Norway (1992 – present)

Madcon (short for Mad Conspiracy), made up of Tshawe Baqwa (Kapricon) and Yosef Wolde-Mariam (Critical) are a Norwegian hip hop/rap band who formed in 1992. Kapricorn was born in Germany from South-African parents, but grew up in Tveita in Eastern Oslo. Critical was born in Norway with parents from Ethiopia and Eritrea.

They have collaborated with a variety of artists in Norway, but did first receive real commercial recognition for their work with their partners from Paperboys. The track Barcelona from Paperboys feat. Madcon was a massive hit in Norway - Barcelona won the prize for most requested video of the year from Nordic channel ZTV, and was an important factor in Paperboys winning “Spellemannprisen”. (Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys).

Tshawe and Yosef were hosts of a tv-show called “The Voice of Madcon”. The show aired Monday to Thursday from 10 PM to 11 PM on the Norwegian music channel “The Voice”. The show features small-talk, music videos and interviews.

Madcon released their first single “God Forgive Me” in 2000 (Virgin Records), but the first commercial breakthrough was with long time collaborators Paperboys with the hit single “Barcelona” in 2002 (Bonnier Amigo).

In 2004, Madcon released their first official album “It’s All A Madcon” (AA-Recordings/Bonnier Amigo), which won them a Norwegian Grammy and several other awards.

In 2005 Madcon became TV personalities on the Nordic music channel The Voice, while growing with their music in the studio. The show “The Voice of Madcon” became a huge success for both Madcon and the network, showcasing the behind the scenes life of the popular group.


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