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Who Is… Teni?



Teni is a jazz singer and composer who makes, what she calls, “Afrosoul”. Her style is clearly reminiscent of Sade Adu as she expresses smoky and elegant funk, somewhat restrained and stripped back in a time when singers are more used to over-emoting.

Teni was living in Lagos, Nigeria, until recently, leading her ten piece band The Afro-Renaissance, and also appearing from time to time with Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Fela‘s original band.

Teni is set to release the debut single from her forthcoming album “Afrodisiac”, also titled “Afrodisiac”, which features legendary master drummer and afrobeat co-creator Tony Allen on live drums. The song has a beautifully sensual music video that was viewed over 100,000 times on Youtube in just three months.

With an album of truly classic, rootsy afrosoul music that is ten years in the making, Teni is set to revolutionize music with an epic self-produced sound that transcends genres from afrobeat, jazz and the blues to soul and reggae. Her sound is inspired by eclectic influences from Fela Kuti to Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone and has a strong, truly timeless message – One Love! Africa unite! Coming out later in 2012.

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  1. faith

    February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Not a jazz fan!

  2. ojaybaby

    February 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

    i love jazz but ehm dis one no dey do me…

  3. Wemolala

    February 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Soul sista. Nice one Teni one love

  4. marvel

    February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    ah, ah? No mention of her designs. I like Teni! She is super creative.

  5. musicsucker

    March 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    She is fresh, Unique and talented..i’d love to hear more from her!!!

  6. icritique

    March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    over 100k youtube views? She is really amazing! great one Teni the sky’s your starting point!

  7. yourfacsucks

    March 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Sh reminds me of Sade Adu….Lt’s support this soul sister…Good stuff

  8. madetolast

    March 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Teni, stay focused you mos def have something soul-refreshing to offer the world at large..for you to have over 100k youtube views plus mine, you are a big star in the making!

  9. bukki

    March 16, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I love this!! Fantastic!

  10. babygirl

    March 16, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Wow! She’s the new Sade sha!

  11. kayode

    March 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I want to see more of dis girl. Too hot. Different from Sade.

  12. akin

    March 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    This is what we need in our Naija industry, not all this Wiz-kid and other local champions that w can’t export outside the country. I never knew there would be a new Sade! Kudos Teni.

  13. Patience

    March 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Bella please post more of Teni, I’m interested to see where she takes it. Interesting…

  14. Ngozi

    March 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    At last, a beautiful Nigerian female singer. Tiwa is overrated, have you seen her in person?

  15. Theda

    March 20, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Not bad at all. She no fine reach Sade o!

  16. Bode

    March 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm



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