You might have heard me on the radio... You might have seen me live on stage... Maybe you saw me on TV or I performed in your country... Perhaps I judged your music competition... Or was I a panelist or guest speaker at your event?
Who am I really? Here I take you through my general background. Enjoy the read!!!
Ifriky Tadadjeu started his music journey at the age of 15 as a tenor in "Chorale Notre Dame de Lourdes" in Yaounde, Cameroon, under maestro Francois Junior Ndong. During his first years into music, he mostly learned from books, workshops and other music directors including maestro Reymond Pende and maestro Isaac Sapouma. After about 4 years of hard work, he had learned enough to become a choral conductor, first as an assistant to Maestro Ndong, then as music director of "Choeur D'anges" choir in Buea, Cameroon. While he was quickly noticed as an upcoming music director in Yaounde, he co-founded the still active "Joy Spirit Singers" with his friend, the tenor Geraud Modeste Nlateu. At the same time he developed as a tenor soloist and composer. In 2006 he engaged in competitions and over the following two years he won various prized in Cameroon both as a contestant and as a coach.
He met Prof Kamal Khan, director of the University of Cape Town Opera School, in 2009 after he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to further his studies. Working with Prof. Khan marked a major part of his development as a singer. He explored the different facets of his lyric voice and quickly began to be noticed in Cape Town as a cross-over lyric tenor. Still in 2009, he joined the Assumption Catholic Church music ensemble, which was later called "Fine Assumption Band". He co-initiated an annual FAB concert which hugely contributed to the development of the music at the parish and the members of the band.
He began performing more and more in Cape Town as a guest artist in a number of corporate functions and concerts, including the prestigious "Ball of Hope". Between 2010 and 2012 he met international sopranos Sally Presant Nicholls, Aviva Pelham, Sibongile Mngoma and Wendy Fine. They contributed hugely to his building as they shared their experiences and gave him advice on the way forward on his musical journey.
His drive for musical innovation is the reason why he started the "Ifriky Music Projects" concept. Some of these "music projects" include the concert series and recording project called "For the Love of Music", and the concert concept called "A Voice Unleashed". He also puts together his compositions which he does not classify as belonging to any particular genre, as he allows the listeners to classify them however they wish. They include "It's OK", "Sei Tu", "If I Fall", "The Songs that Come with Pain", "For Them", and many others.
Ifriky Tadadjeu obtained a BSc in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Buea, in Cameroon. He then obtained a BTech and MTech in Electrical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a MSc in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Ecole superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique/French South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI), France. In 2011, he represented his institution at the MIC1 competition where his team (made up of students from CPUT and the Stellenbosch University) was semi-finalist. In 2012, he assisted in the coaching of the CPUT teams for the MIC2 competition. One of the 3 teams competing that year won the Business category of MIC2. In 2013 he was approached by Heliocentric ZA to consult on their Single Event effects Testing procedures. Still in 2013 he became National Point of Contact for Cameroon in the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
He was also the UNISEC student representative for Southern Africa, and attended the 1st UNISEC-Global meeting in Tokyo, Japan. He pioneered the nano3 initiative, which he initiated in order to promote innovation in nano-science and nano-technology applicable to nano-satellite platforms. This initiative brings together CPUT/F'SATI, the University of South Africa (UNISA), and iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation of South Africa. In 2016 he obtained a doctorate degree in the F'SATI Space program.
His research focuses on the effects of low energy space radiation on high density semiconductor devices, and on the space applicability of new technologies.