has been a real player on the UK hip-hop scene for over ten years.
As part of his current sweep across venues in the
UK and Europe (as well as playing a number of major festivals),
he'll be performing songs from his all important second album.
Using a live band and decks, TY fuses together on
stage the record's different sounds - from rap to jazz and funk
to African beats.
Ty has also taking time to collaborate with a variety
of musicians including Fela Kuti's drummer Tony Allen and Blur's
Ty, who's London born of Nigerian parents, reflects
both his African and English heritage and influences, in his work.
As a boy, Ty was a 'secret hip hop listener', as
his mother didn't approve.
secret hip-hop listener
Ty missed out on actively participating in the London
hip hop scene in the 80's, but made up for this deprivation by joining
the urban music scene, more as a dancer than an MC.
Over the past 30 years, rap, worldwide, has diversified
to such an extent.
Across Africa, home grown rap and hip-hop is producing
some innovative talent which has revolutionised contemporary African
Ty released his first album, Awkward, at a period of great times
and great disappointments.
The result is a recording which shines with emotion.
Ty, himself, describes Awkward as much a soul album (in the traditional
sense) as a hip hop record.
Ty has moved through this period and is now ready
to show other angles of himself.
Although Ty is eager to state that he is not a
poet, he has long been involved in the spoken word/poetry scene.
He has taken lessons from this experience which
set him apart from the norm.
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