Producer Profile

As a prolific songwriter and composer, Tunde Jegede's knowledge of the essential building blocks of music lends itself well to his skills as a producer. As well as developing his own material he also runs a small but highly evolved production company, ACM Productions, developing new and innovative sounds with established and emerging acts.

Despite his prolific work in the classical music world Tunde has also worked and learned from many artists in varied fields and genres of music. These include performing with and contributing to recordings by notable artists such as: Trilok Gurtu, Gaspar Lawal, Des'ree, Orphy Robinson, Caron Wheeler, Talvin Singh, The Last Poets, Deepak Ram, Cleveland Watkiss, Damon Albarn and Courtney Pine .

In 2003 Tunde begun to work with new and established names from the more immediate worlds of Pop, Hip Hop and Urban. He has also written and produced for underground bands such as The Nomadic Mystics and the notorious rapper HKB FiNN.

Tunde Jegede & HKB FiNN - VitalisticsOne of Tunde's most celebrated production credits was his contribution as producer on HKB FiNN's critically acclaimed Hip Hop album: Vitalistics. The album was given 5 / 5 in The Sunday Times review and voted Urban album of the year by Mojo Magazine. Notching up impressive sales and critical acclaim, this album has been described as :

"Brave, refreshing and insightful" - New Nation

"...the most intelligent mind in Hip Hop!" - NME

"...much of it makes your spine tingle." - Muzik Magazine

"...a mesmerizing mix of jazz, drum & bass, dub and soul. It's truly fantastic." - 7 magazine

"...made a record that pushes back the boundaries of what hip hop can sound like..." - Hip Hop Connection

 

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Tunde Jegede & HKB FiNN - Acoustic Afro Hip HopIn late 2004 Tunde returned to the studio in the role of sole producer on HKB FiNN's new Acoustic Afro Hip Hop, which demonstrates not only his production skills but also his performance and writing abilities as well. Using an array of new production techniques this album has already caught the imagination of the UK's underground radio network and features collaborations with Eska Mtungwazi, The Grumbles, Maya Jobarteh and Derek Johnson.

"Mesmerizing record of provocative raps, African instrumentation, jazz arrangements and chamber music intricacies. This is music from that 'next level'..." - Mojo magazine - Album of the Month

"Acoustic Afro Hip Hop is the perfect follow up to his 2003 debut. The record provides another rewarding experience with collaborations that reflect as many musical styles of the African Diaspora as possible without sounding contrived. Exceptional." - Angus Batey - The Times

2004 also saw Tunde as an artist and producer on his own album, 'Nomad' featuring Kasse Mady Diabate, Cleveland Watkiss, Oumou Sangare, HKB FiNN, Mpho Skeef, Misty Oldland and Dellfox. 'Nomad' effortlessly blends African Classical Music with Dance, Jazz, Reggae and Pop - a musical epic both in spirit and sonics.

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Spoken HerbsIn the Winter of 2005 and through 2006 Tunde, and fellow producers, Derek Johnson, Maya Jobarteh and Don Jose, returned to the drawing board to create a new album. With all they had learned from the previous project, the team of producers and sound designer, Steve Lowe, were keen to build on the legacy of Afro Acoustic Hip Hop but wanted to take the sound even further. The resulting album was Spoken Herbs, a remarkable collection of ground-breaking material that features a wide range of innovative musical styles.

'Totally blew me away, a truly cool album...' - Flo-motion, XFM Radio

'Well produced, energetic and powerful...' - Rapnews.co.uk

'Album of the months...' - MOJO magazine

'FiNN's evolved into sweet song...' Hip Hip Connection magazine

'Teaches Hip Hop kids music, Blues-soul children about Rap and teaches Lyricsts how to wrote songs. Great...' - UKHH.com

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For more info on his work as a recording artist, please visit Solo Albums.