Welcome to the new section “On My Headphones, where we get reviews, previews and new on music around the globe, so to get things going, let’s start with Nigeria.
So, as the world turns, so does the mill that churns out great Nigerian talent. We all sat and watched as D’Banj went from the guy who was teaching us Youruba as we “Tongolo’d” with him, to being the OluwaSnoop Doggs Nigerian “Nephew”. He made the bridge between the international artists and home grown talent that much shorter. Then our resident artist Sam, will be taking us on her journey on the trail of Nigerian music domination and now I’m here to tell you about an artist I had the pleasure of watching perform live a while ago.
Music is food for the soul and we all know what sounds good to us. There are a million and one people who can sing but there aren’t that many traversing the gauntlet that is the Nigerian music industry and making it out the other side in one piece. Many come and go, some linger in the background and several use the “Big beat, no content” formula mentioned by the music geek. But we all know when we have been hit by a sound that stays with us. Let me use this opportunity to talk about Tonii.
The former Nigerian Idol Contestant, Tonii. She was soulful and fun with the mic in hand and She’s released two singles barely two weeks after she exitind the reality TV show (“Iwo Ni Ma Ba lo” and “I Rule”) both tracks where solely written and composed by the artiste. Just taking a listen to them, clearly project her versatility in neosoul, rnb, pop and contemporary naija vibes (afro). So it’s not a surprise that following her exit from the show, the media was filled with the buzz that Audu Maikori’s Chocolate City (which also parades stars like M.I, Jesse Jags and Ice Prince) has indicated interest in offering her a record deal, (of course you know we’ll let you know when we know more). While she was on the show, Audu and the other judges constantly commended her musical range and vocal strength, so we are sure there are only big things in her future.
In September 2010, just before she auditioned for the Nigerian Idol contest, Tonii thrilled friends, family and guests from the music industry and media agents at her debut performance held at De Marquee restaurant and lounge bar, an upscale entertainment and relaxation spot in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event was sponsored by Martini and Bacardi and was a hell of a hoot, great company, great music and great atmosphere. What more do you want really?
Tonii was born as Oluwatoni Afolayan and raised in the quiet town of Ilorin in Kwara State, this was where she also bagged a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Ilorin, Tonii started singing at an early age (Like most of the greats) and has since been trained by renowned musicians including Peter King, the legendary jazz artist and saxophonist, under whose tutelage she honed her vocal and piano skills. Tonii is definitely one upcoming artiste you should look out for in 2011.
To help you get a better idea, check out the links below for the event at De Marquee and a couple of her live performances on the Nigerian Idol show. This is the Th3rdCulture team keeping you in the know.
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