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Tosin Aribisala

Tosin Aribisala

Artist Work

Ore Airi (Invisible Friend)
World Music - New Music
6 Minutes
New Moon Dance
World Music - New Music
6 Minutes
New Moon Dance
World Music - New Music
6 Minutes
Ore Airi (Invisible Friend)
World Music - New Music
6 Minutes

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Music

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2018, 2017

Artist Bio

A renaissance force to be reckoned with, the music of composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin speaks highly of his African cultural background to the exploration of various genres like jazz, funk, rock, reggae and Afro-Cuban music. As a prolific writer, Tosin writes and sings in Yoruba, Pidgin English and English. Over the years, his musical influences have been folks like Tony Allen, Art Blakey, Bob Marley, Dennis Chambers, King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Majek Fashek, Keziah Jones, and Ebo Taylor.

Possessing infectious groove sensibility, Tosin has performed, recorded and toured around the world with various groups and artists including Taj Mahal, Baba Maal, Fatoumata Diawara, Spyro Gy.u, Julie Dexter, Femi Kuti, and many others.

In 2016, Tosin appeared at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention as a clinician/performer. In 2014, Tosin received the Individual Artist Awards for World Music Compositions from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tosin was nominated for the Wammie Awards for "best world music instrumentalist" by the Washington Area Music Association. Tosin has appeared on the MTV's Realworld Show performing his Drum Monologue. Tosin has also appeared on Voice of America and Fox 5 News with his own group. His most recent projects include singles: "What Are We Gonna Do?", and an afro-jazzy remix of Pharrell Williams' "Happy'', both 2016. With keen interest and passion for teaching, Tosin continues to inspire both the young and older generations of drurrners and music lovers through his teaching programs and workshops.