Hardlife Avenue Stars
Hardlife Avenue Stars is a South Sudanese award-winning Afro-pop and dance music group formed in South Sudan by Vocalist Nicky Prince born as Siliman Musa and Rapper Mantani born as Murye Alex in 2011. Initially a duo, then Linus de genius born as Ochwo Junior Linus joined later in 2016 after a series of collaborations like kilo kwen kulek, offside and the popular yau de.
Hardlife Avenue Stars released their debut studio album “Lost Culture” in 2012 to critical acclaim. Their second studio album “Yau De” was released on 4 november 2014, earning the group a number of accolades and nominations in the process. On 3rd april 2015, the group did their first album launch dubbed “Yau De” which from then established them as a house hold name in South Sudan with their fans relating them to the “Sauti Sol” of Kenya and the “Radio and Weasle” of Uganda.
The band has had successful tours in South Sudan and part of Uganda’s west nile region claiming a huge attention with their videos being played on Ugandan charts in both Uganda and South Sudan; ‘Otuki Nyetro’ and their ground-breaking collaboration ‘We Are One’, a peace project song that united the Kuku tribe of Kajo Keji and the Madi tribe of Northern Uganda when they had a border conflict resulting into lost of lives. South Sudan and the Madi of West Nile, Uganda featuring the Compo Crew from the madi sub-region. They continue to dominate Radios radio charts, in the West Nile region they are strongly popular for their hit songs.
The Band received a lot of awards and nominations within South Sudan for their chart-topping album “YAU DE” and “SHE WANTS ME NO MORE” which includes SOUTH SUDAN MUSIC AWARDS 2019, MTN/EYE RADIO AWARDS, STA Awards, SSTYA Awards, Willy Promotions Awards, DVA AWARDS, EYE RADIO AWARDS 2014, TOP 7@7 AWARDS.