Chukwunonso Bassey, popularly known as Nonso Bassey, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actor and model. He finished as a top 8 finalist in the maiden edition of The Voice Nigeria and is signed to Universal Music Group Nigeria. He is also a major cast member on Africa Magic TV's telenovella, Battleground.
Bassey was born in Calabar to an Ibo father from Imo and an Efik mother from Cross River State. He is the second child of 6 children. He is the only son. And has 5 sisters.
He attended Madonna Montessori school and then moved to Calabar Preparatory International School. And then to Nigerian Navy Primary School.
In 2000, he gained admission to the University of Calabar International Secondary School, Calabar and graduated in 2006. He attended Covenant University, from where he graduated with a second class upper degree in English and Literary Studies after which he performed his National Youth Service (NYSC) as a Civil Servant in the Aviation Sector in Imo State.
Bassey began his professional music career when he was featured on a song, My Dream with VJ Adams and rapper MI in 2015. In 2016 he auditioned for the first season of The Voice Nigeria, and made it to the live shows, where he finished as a top 8 finalist and was subsequently signed by Universal Music Group.
In 2017 he was cast in the role of Dr Emeka Kalu on Africa Magic's telenovela, Battleground where his on-screen chemistry with actress Ini Dima-Okojie enjoyed positive reviews from critics. In April 2017, he opened for Aṣa at her concert in Lagos. In the same year, Bassey starred in the movie Wurukum Roundabout alongside several notable African actors, including Juliet Ibrahim, Gbenro Ajibade, Susan Peters and Keppy Young.
In February 2018, Nonso Bassey released his official debut single 411, produced by Johny Drille. The song was well received and Native Magazine's reviewer, Edwin Okolo summarized his review of the single saying, "Only a handful of Nigerian musicians have created ballads so powerful that they were able to steal us away from the hypnotic thump of our incessant Afrobeat march, and with “411”, Nonso Bassey seems poised to join those elite ranks."
In April 2019, Nonso Bassey released his sophomore single under Universal Music Group Nigeria, a soulful track For You produced by Yekini 'Tiwezi' Temitayo with the video directed by Adesua Okosun.
Awards and Recognition
In October 2019, Nonso Bassey was nominated for the award for Best Vocal Performance (Male) for his debut single, 411 at the 13th edition of the Headies Award. He was nominated alongside Johnny Drille, Wurld, Funbi and Tay Iwar.