Friday, 2 April 2010
THE KUSH CHRONICLES: TY BELLO'S SOLO RUN.
TY Bello was the most vivacious of the three KUSH ladies [ Fans of the Group tend to forget that Dapo Torimiro is part of KUSH ]. Her hairstyle which was afro-like back then and her Alto voice made her unique. In the KUSH album, ''The Experience'', Toyin was the lead singer on most of the songs. She has this commanding presence whenever she's on the microphone. If you've listened to ''The Experience'', you'll agree with me that she was great as lead vocals on the the track ''Under His Shadows''. It is great to also acknowledge that TY Bello is doing well for herself as a solo artiste.
It took her 2 years to release her solo album ''Green Land''. The album has cemented her position as one of Nigeria's best female singers. Honestly, I've not seen an amazing singer like her besides Onyeka Onwenu. Green Land has a good number of lovely songs. Apart from the title track ''Green Land '', ''Come Ride With Me'' sounds like a song performed by Erykah Badu or Lauryn Hill. ''Funmise'' is another favourite track of mine. The song highlights the need for God's guidance in all what we do. Toyin believes we can't achieve much without God's help. ''Ekundayo'', a song which has a true life story behind it continues to inspire Nigerians to care about orphans in the country. '' Green Land '' has been well accepted by Gospel Music lovers. It was released on the North Avenue Music Label.
TY Bello holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Apart from music, she is a celebrated portrait photographer and her photographs have been used in Nigeria's ThisDay Newspapers. RV also discovered it was Toyin that snapped the Photograph of Sunmi Smart Cole, which was used on the homepage of his website- www.sunmismartcole.com She has also been featured on 1cubed.com and was given an award by the Christian Music site. So what is TY's take on KUSH? According to Mrs Bello: '' We didn't really break up. KUSH was together for 8 years. For me and I think the rest of us, KUSH was fulfilling and it was an amazing training for all of us ''. Eclectic in her music style, RV has gathered that Toyin is working on a 2nd solo album though she has refused to make comments about the project. She also has a personal principle of not performing at shows and concerts. Toyin and Dapo Torimiro are the two KUSH members that have websites. TY Bello is very cultured in her approach to music and she's got this presence that brings peace upon her fans. RV hopes she will team up with Lara, Emem and Dapo for a sophomore album.
Toyin's Website: www.tybello.com
Where To Find TY Bello's Music Online: www.last.fm, www.mytruspot.com/tybello
Agency Material: nigeriafilms.com, naijarules.com