Birthday: 14th of January
Toyin (Ty) Bello (nee Sokefun) is a Nigerian musician. Her music is eclectic: urbane, groovy and soulful; and is laced with hip hop, jazz and R&B. She is a University of Lagos economics graduate. She was a member one of Nigeria’s most celebrated urban gospel band- Kush made up of her, Emem and Lara.
Her debut album, Green Land, took over two years to write. The video for Green land has been hailed as one of the best ever from Nigeria. She shot the video herself. She wrote the title track, for her countryfolk to levitate from a place of despair to a place of hope. In Ekundayo, the song narrates a conversation between herself and Mrs. Ekundayo (the proprietress of Ekundayo Children’s Home, an orphanage in Isanlu, Kogi State). TY’s album was produced by Mosa Adegboye, a talented young Nigerian with as much hope in our Green Land as TY herself. Green Land was released on North Avenue Records.
TY is also an internationally acclaimed portrait photographer. Toyin Bello stages an annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphans across the country. She is also a Director of Link-a-child; an NGO dedicated to propagating information on orphanages in Nigeria and soliciting sponsorship on their behalf. Some of her songs include Freedom, Never walk alone, Funmise, Atoned, This man, The dance, Ride wit me, Vital voice, etc