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Tunde Olaniran

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Born in Flint, Michigan, one of Americaʼs most dangerous cities, Tunde Olaniran is a cultural warrior with a 4-octave range and a penchant for dirty synths. Combining a magnetic presence, lyrical dexterity, genre- devouring style, and a DIY performance aesthetic, heʼs toured the world, making believers out of Detroit metal-heads and Croatian ravers alike with a sound that defies convention.

As a child of an American socialist mother and Nigerian Christian immigrant father, Tunde Olaniran has been instilled with the infusion of culture, consciousness, and rhythm since birth. Growing up, he lived in Germany, Nigeria, and England before settling in Flint, MI for his late adolescence where he was exposed to urban, folk, and soul influences of the small, humble city as well as a strong jazz influence on his mom’s behalf. With the mixture of the eclectic music surrounding him and the discovery of his budding talent, he was prompted in 2003 to submit an audition videotape to the first annual Chicago Idol competition. From over 1,500 contestants, the young crooner made it to the final 15, receiving props from a then-unknown Kanye West, and sharing the stage with R. Kelly and Syleena Johnson. It was then that Tunde got a taste for what he would begin to pursue.

On his musical journey, Tunde has fronted the popular rock band Taste This!, recorded the well-received debut solo album, Infinite Modulation, and teamed up with fellow musician Brian Preczewski to form the dynamic duo, Stereoluxxx. In the winter of 2008, Tunde collaborated with Berlin duo Chris De Luca Vs. Phon.o for their album Supercontinental, writing and performing three tracks. He then toured Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia), sharing the stage with acts like Robyn, Switch, Ebony Bones, Diplo, XXXChange, and Jahcoozi. More recently, Olaniran performed at the 2009 and 2010 South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, TX, and 2010 DEMF, Olio Festival, and Rifflandia.

Along with performing overseas, Tunde’s records “I’m So Trill” and “Superconfidential” receive airplay on international radio stations such as Radio 1, Radio Fritz, Jam FM, Motor FM, and FM4. In the States, his songs “Champion” and “I Got It” receive regular airplay on WKUF-LP 94.3 Kettering Radio. In 2010, Tunde Olaniran’s song with CLP and White Gold Princess, “Insatiable,” received placement in the highly publicized new film Just Wright, featuring Common and Academy Award nominees Queen Latifah and Paula Patton.

Through all of these accomplishments, word has slowly spread virally about the upstart vocalist, catching the attention of MTV Iggy, who dubbed Tunde a “Pop Futurist” and named him as one of their “Bands We Like” as well as “Artist of the Week.” Videos featuring Tunde have garnered over to 68K views on youtube and vimeo.

Weird, soulful, catchy, uplifting. All of these words have been used by listeners to describe Tundeʼs style. Armed with a strange, wonderful new sound, solid vocals, and commanding stage presence, Tunde is prepared to share his music with the world.

You can catch Tunde perform live Thursday, January 31, 2013 with Big Freedia and Jamaican Queens. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/169842056491313/?ref=ts&fref=ts



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