Rising British-Nigerian Afrobeats artist Tobi Tokz is set to release his debut EP, ‘Token’ in June

 


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Born and raised in a musical Yoruba household, his passion for singing started early on, inspired by Nigerian music heavyweights like Onyeka Onwenu and King Sunny Ade. Though Tokz dabbled in hip-hop and R&B, his artistic focus shifted back towards his Nigerian heritage, coinciding with the rise of Afrobeats in the UK.


Inspired by its rich sound and deep cultural history, Tokz felt a powerful connection with the genre and began developing his own sound.
Creatively driven by love and relationships, blending English and Yoruba in his lyrics, Tokz cites soulful pop-leaning acts like LeAnn Rimes, Gabrielle, Seal, All Saints and Backstreet Boys as heavy influences on his emotional songwriting style. He also includes Afrobeats musicians like Davido, Kuami Eugene and FireBoy DML as key influences on his style as an Afrobeats artist.

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Tokz previously performed in the 2019 Open Mic UK music competition, reaching the Regional Finals. He credits the competition as a gateway for him to perform in front of industry professionals, hone his talent and take the next step in his music career. He is currently collaborating with producer Patrick Osei (Hot Money Studios), known for his work with big UK names such as Stormy, Krept and Konan, Stefflon Don, and more.

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