Biography Of Tunde Nightingale

Biography Intro:Tunde Nightingale was a Nigerian singer and guitarist, best known for his unique jùjú music style, following in the tradition of Tunde King.

NAME: Earnest Olatunde Thomas

DATE OF BIRTH:late-1940s

EDUCATION:He attended school in lagos

CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: He formed his first group, comprising guitar, tambourine, and shekere, in 1944. His contemporaries included ayinde bakare, I. K. Dairo and dele ojo, by 1952 his group had expanded to eight members, and played at the west african club in ibadan.

His style of music was known as so wàmbè (“Is it there?”), possibly a double entendre reference to the beads draped over the hips of dancing women,by the 1960s, his popularity had grown among lagos socialites, who sponsored him on a tour abroad. When he returned, he signed with the tyc label. In all, he recorded over 40 albums in his career.

Modern stars like king sunny adé and queen ayo balogun continue to be influenced by his style.

PUBLICATIONS: The Original ‘Owa Nbe’ Sound


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