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BIOGRAPHY

 

Serge Nikol's college years were spent in Moscow after growing up in Montenegro and Kosovo. He later moved to Toronto where he continues to make music that encompasses many styles including blues, bossa nova, pop and rock.

He grew up with the wide variety of music his father taped off the radio. It could start with Ray Charles, segue into mariachi music and end with The Beatles. At the age of six, his father bought him a guitar. His uncles taught him a few chords and as he got older, he learned every song in a Beatles songbook. Also a Chuck Berry fan, he sat in front of the record player for hours, learning those famous riffs from “Johnny B. Goode.” 

When civil war broke out, his family moved to Moscow where he attended film school and played in a rock/blues band.

 

After moving to Canada Serge performed in a few rock and R&B bands then became interested in the Brazilian music of Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Carlos Lyra and others. This lead to a regular engagement at CopaCabana, a Brazilian steakhouse in Toronto, where he’s played five nights a week for the past twelve years together with Etric Lyons on bass and backing vocals. 

He sings in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, English, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Albanian, Serbian. “When I sing in Portuguese people often ask what part of Brazil am I from and when I tell them that I was born in Montenegro, they can’t believe it.”

Serge's live cover of "Tamally Maak", originally recorded by Egyptian superstar Amr Diab, has garnered well over 1.000.000 views on YouTube. This has led to Serge covering more Arabic songs in his live performances. Currently Serge is working on some new videos that will be released in the early 2020.

 

Serge Nikol & Etric Lyons have been guests of Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5FM  You can hear Serge talking about his life in this video: