‘Idiosyncratic artiste’, Ogundokun in Loke
Tunde Ogundokun, who is popularly known as Tiuns, is an Afro-urban artiste, who believes he’s here to make a change in the Nigerian music industry with his unique sound.
The artiste, who describes himself as the ‘idiosyncratic artiste’, discovered he could sing in secondary school.
Before that day in school, when he got the push to become aware and nurture his God-given talent, the ‘idiosyncratic singer’ has always been a lover of good music. He used to listen to various genres of music, from the polar strings of Maher Zain to the afro-beats of D’banj to the rhythm and blues of R Kelly.
“That day was like every other day in his life. It was a tradition in those days, during break time, for some of my classmates to meet in one corner of the classroom, making beats on wooden tables with rough-edged rulers and broken reeds of pencils,” he says.
Tiuns decided to join in that recreational activity, and for the first time, he sang like someone who had been singing all his life.
“The entire classroom was star-struck. They applauded my amateur performance. Till today, I can’t explain what moved me to join the classroom jesters,” he reveals.
He was taken aback by his demonstration, which made him realise that God had given him a talent for the world to relish.
From that day, he began to perform in school and many other events that gave him the opportunity to display his talent.
Growing up in Kanji, new Bussa, in Niger State, greatly influenced Tuns’ musical taste. “It was a medley of art, culture and nature,” Tiuns says.
“As a child, and even till now, artistes like D’banj, Tubaba, African China, R Kelly, Justin Bieber, and even some Muslim artistes, still trigger my unapologetic drive for good music,” the artiste says.
Tiuns believes that the best of his art comes spontaneously when the spirit is free and soars on strings, horns and drums. He had a studio session to do a cover with Kiss Daniel on Jaho cover one evening when Dtac, an in-house producer, began to play a couple of beats. A particular beat came up and words that won’t go away began to flow out from him. Dtac saw prospects in it and didn’t hesitate to record him. In 30 minutes, Loke was produced.
He regards Loke as a source of self-consciousness. The lyrics exude encouragement, motivation and elevation for every hardworking person; it is highly reflective. Listening to him feels like mending broken wings to fly again: Mo me fa loke loke, mo me fa loke loke.
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