Tokunbo Akinro

© Anne de Wolff

Company / Project:
singer songwriter | Freelancer


Federal State:
Lower Saxony

Work Experience:
> 7 years


TOKUNBO is the darling of the Folk Noir scene, with two solo albums and a musiography spanning five German Jazz Awards, multiple radio and TV interviews and a host of international tours. 
At the end of 2019 TOKUNBO has teamed up with NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for the collaboration concert TOKUNBO and her Great American Songbook. She also recently scooped two new prestigious awards: Winner Best Female Artist International Acoustic Music Awards 2020 and Best Video UK Songwriting Contest 2018.

TOKUNBO released her much-acclaimed, solo-debut album Queendom Come in 2014. Queendom Come was described by Jazzthetik Magazine as 'a wonderful album brim-full with catchy songs, sung by a stunningly beautiful voice’.  
Her latest album The Swan gained a grant from German government’s Initiative Musik Foundation and has received significant media and critical attention, particularly from the quality music press. ' of the most masterfully produced albums from Germany. Wonderfully sung and played.‘ (Focus Online).  

TOKUNBO's work has been particularly well received by the high-fidelity community The Swan becoming a demo album of choice within the HiFi industry.
The vinyl edition of The Swan sold out twice within a few months, and her forthcoming album, set to launch early 2021, is currently in the studio pipeline. 
Previously, TOKUNBO was the voice of Tok Tok Tok, with global tours and high-profile concerts with the NDR Pops Orchestra and the Babelsberg Filmorchestra as credits. Thanks to several TV guest appearances, amongst them the prestigious talk show‚ WDR Zimmer Frei and ARTE One Shot Not – 
Tok Tok Tok shot from newcomer to household name in record time. 

TOKUNBO has also performed alongside and supported an array of industry stars, from Gregory Porter to Dee Dee Bridgewater.

She is one of the founders of #AirplayForArtists, a collective of 85 musicians pledging for radio airplay of music by independent artists during the Covid-19 crisis.

Business Tags:
#artist #dozentin #jazz #sängerin

Art Tags:
#artist #jazz #singersongwriter acousticmusic

Other Tags:
#equality afrodeutsch

Links & Work Samples:

White Noise
( Official Music Video for 'White Noise' A project for Demotapes to raise political awareness. Film by HMG MOODMOOD Lyric exerpt: Through the white noise in a low whisper Courage will be singing her song So never forget The silver lining in the distance Will keep us going strong )

Hummingbird (Homecoming)
( Official Music Video for song 'Hummingbird'. Animated film. )