The last time you heard from singer Tonye, she was beckoning you to go “Insane” on the dancefloor. This year, she is making her way up the music landscape as the new “PopLife” chanteuse. Her signature sound blends High Life music, paying homage to the sounds and memories that paved the way for the explosion that is now “Afro Beats”, and the new “AfroPop” music known for its syncopated beats, lush synths and “anthemic” lyric hooks.
Signed to FlyTime Entertainment, a label well known for launching the uber successful careers of Tiwa Savage, and Seyi Shay, Tonye joins the roster as an accomplished singer and songwriter. Heavily influenced by the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Christy Essien Igbokwe, Onyeka Onwenu, Brenda Fassie, Lauryn Hill, Brandy; Tonye brings her ability to craft smart songs that are catchy yet posses a lyrical depth that is unrivaled.
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Nostalgic in its feel, yet innovative and fresh, is the release of her second single, “Wait For Me”. Tonye brings a whole new perspective to the classic masterpiece recorded by Onyeka Onwenu and King Sunny Ade. The record is produced by popular hit maker, “Tee-Y Mix”. Tonye and her producer of choice have successfully revamped “Wait For Me” into a modern masterpiece, while still retaining its classic sheen and air of nostalgia.
“Wait for Me” highlights the evolution of the singer’s sound, and is a clear indication of her aversion to blending into the folds of the naija pop scene, and leaving you wanting to hear more.
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