Born Innocent Balume, Innoss’B won the first season of Vodacom Superstar, one of the biggest reality shows and the first-of-its-kind in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ten years after winning the show in 2010, Innoss’B has grown from being a contestant in Vodacom Superstar to become a Mega world star with over 100 million youtube views, reiterating the success of the show.
The Democratic Republic of Congo was rocked by its first-ever reality TV show and singing competition, Vodacom Superstar in 2010. Produced by Akonic Entertainment and helmed by veteran Hollywood producer, Nickie Davis, the show garnered millions of viewers and was even re-aired in neighboring African countries and in Europe. The winner of the reality show, Innocent Balume, now known as Innoss’B, who emerged for being a musical phenom, took home a monetary prize and got to record a song with Grammy Award-winning Senegalese-American superstar, Akon.
Born to a mother who sang in the church and a father who was a pop dancer, Innoss’B started music at a tender age, forming a group with his brothers and winning the Revelation 2007 Award during the Goma Tourism Fair for the single, “Another Way.” He was selected at 12 to represent his home province of Goma on Vodacom Superstar, a show likened to American Idol and Pop Star (France), emerging as the winner with millions of votes from fans nationwide.
“It was clear from day 1, that Innocent was a true superstar. Innocent just had that special something. He also had the drive and work ethic (even at that young age) that far surpassed the other competitors ,” said Nickie Davis.
Innoss’B donated a portion of his monetary prize to his former school in Goma and provided hardware and supplies. He also got international recognitions, performing with Akon and Sean Paul to an arena crowd in Zimbabwe. Innoss’B also recorded a number of songs with Akon in his Atlanta studio. Innoss’B was also invited to the Global Philanthropy Forum in San Francisco to represent his country and was later awarded the Special Jury Trophy at the prestigious Ndule Pan- African Awards in Kinshasa.
Innoss’B has shown that he deserved winning the competition as he continues to write and perform music all over the world. His pop song, “I can be your blue-eyed boy” was released in December 2011 and has remained in the top rankings for best hits in different classes throughout top African radio stations. In January 2013, Innoss’B performed at the 70th Golden Globes Cinema for Peace Gala honoring American Actor, Ben Affleck for his Eastern Congo Initiative.
A decade after winning Vodacom Superstar, Innoss’B has continued to represent the brand, achieving international recognition and success with the release of his song YOPE in 2019, featuring Diamond Platinumz. With over 100 He was also nominated for Best New International Artist at the BET Awards in 2020 and he continues to perform and write English hip hop and pop songs, collaborating with fellow Congolese superstars, Fally Ipupa, Werrason, and Koffi Olomide.
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