Bio

A renaissance force to be reckoned with, the music of composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin speaks highly of his African origin, coupled with his exploration of jazz, funk, rock, reggae and Latin American music. As a prolific composer, Tosin fluently writes and sings in Yoruba, Pidgin English and English. Over the years, he has drawn inspirations from legendary artists likes Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Art Blakey, Dennis Chambers, Bob Marley, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Majek Fashek, Keziah Jones, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Salif Keita.

Growing up in Nigeria, Tosin's father's vast records collection served as his initial education in music - consciously listening to the diverse records, as well as reading the liner notes. These diverse sounds reflect in his compositions. In his own words, Tosin professes that, "my music is a mixture of African rhythmic textures and some elements of jazz and blues, with lyrics of hope, love and human realities." Possessing infectious groove sensibility and versitility, Tosin has shared his talents with various groups and artists including Femi Kuti, Taj Mahal, Baba Maal, Fatoumata Diawara, Spyro Gyra, Julie Dexter, and many producers.

In 2017, Tosin received the Individual Artist Award for best World Music Compositions from the Maryland State Arts Council. In the same year (2017), Tosin appeared on the Drumeo Channel for instructions on African rhythms for the drum set. In 2016, Tosin appeared at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention as a clinician/performer. In 2014, he received the Individual Artist Awards for the best World Music Compositions from the Maryland State Arts Council. Tosin has appeared on the MTV’s Realworld Show performing his Drum Monologue. Other appearances include the Voice of America and Fox 5 News with his own group.

Being a bandleader with 4 albums to his credit, his most recent projects include singles: "What Are We Gonna Do?", and African-themed remix of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” - 2016. His band has performed, both as headliner and opening act at many festivals and jazz venues in the US. With big passion for teaching, Tosin continues to inspire both the young and older generations of drummers and music lovers through his teaching programs and workshops. In the same vein, he does not relent in writing new materials for his band. This is evident in his latest album: Afrika Rising (Ropeadope Records).