Tolani Fatilewa

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Tolani Fatilewa
Omotolani Fatilewa

(1995-06-07)7 June 1995
Abuja, Nigeria
Alma materBabcock University
StyleAfrobeats, Rap, Hip hop

Tolani Fatilewa (born June 7, 1995) better known by his stage name Tolani (styled as Tolaní), is a Nigerian new school afrobeats artist.[1][2]

Tolani's style of music was described simply by Metro uk writer Malcolm Jack as "feel good afrobeat music with a message...that mixes traditional call and response vocals and chants". [3]

Early life[edit]

Tolani was born into a Christian family and is the last of 3 children.[4] He grew up listening to artists such as Boney M, Fela and 50 cent after his father and brother played their recordings.[5]

He started out as a rapper at age 13 and was part of a three-man group called Mboiz in high school. The group disbanded in 2011 when he graduated from Babcock University with a degree in economics in 2015.[6] As an undergraduate, he kept releasing tracks and honing his musical skills.[7]


He gained popularity in July 2017, when Abbey Road Studios picked his single "no yawa" as the only African song in the final 5 of the maiden edition of the metro uk and Abbey Road Studios' Battle of the bands contest.[8]

He released two songs; "tTe world" and a cover of "don't waste my time" by Kkrept and Konan.[9]The songs were released free in August 2015.[10] He followed this up in December 2015, with the release of a grimy afrobeats track he titled "Ajigijaga".[11] After a one year break, he returned with his first official single; "No Yawa" which earned him a top 5 spot at the 2017 Abbey Road Studios' Battle of the Bands Competition.[3][12] In 2018, he released a follow up to No yawa title “live”, a song which he says was a tribute to one of his musical influences, Fela Kuti. Furthermore, he went on to release two more singles in 2018, the heart melting “wayo” and Shabba Ranks influences, “Ting-a-ling”. [13][14]

2019 began with him releasing a fun poppy- Caribbean influenced tune titled, Vitamin C and he is set to release an EP at the end of the year.[15]


  1. ^ "I vote for original afrobeat – Tolani". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  2. ^ "Tolani shuns Naija's Neo-afrobeats wave for the real thing on "No Yawa"". The Native. 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  3. ^ a b "Metro and Abbey Road Studios' Battle of the Bands: Time to vote". Metro Newspaper UK. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  4. ^ "With No Yawa, Tolani sings for youths | The Sun News". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  5. ^ "Fatilewa: The Birth Of Trap Fro Star". Nigerian News Headlines Today | Breaking Newspapers News. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  6. ^ "Meet Tolani |". 2017-11-29. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  7. ^ "Pictures: NBWD's List of The Leading Student Artistes in Babcock University 2014". Campus Heat Nigeria. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  8. ^ "Abbey Road Studios". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  9. ^ "Music Alert: Tolani – The World + I Had To (Krept & Konan Cover)". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  10. ^ "Tolani - The World | I Had To (Cover) - Latest Naija Nigerian Music, Songs & Video". Latest Naija Nigerian Music, Songs & Video. 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  11. ^ "New Music: Tolani - Ajigijaga". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  12. ^ Solanke, Abiola. "Music: Tolani - "No yawa"". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  13. ^ Reserved, Checkout these hot section on NL Naijaloaded © 2009-2019 All Rights (2018-07-29). "[Music] Tolani - Ting-a-Ling » Naijaloaded". Naijaloaded | Nigeria's Most Visited Music & Entertainment Website. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  14. ^ music, About the Author: Seun Badejo Seun Badejo is the founder/editor-in-chief Of theseunbadejo com He loves; FIFA; Movies; oh; Cole, J. (2018-03-04). "New school Afrobeat act Tolaní continues to deliver with the release of "Wayo," a catchy love tune". Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  15. ^ "Tolani - Vitamin C". Mp3Naija.Com. 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-06-03.

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