Get familiar with Ivorian Afro Hip Hop Pioneer, Tehui


Tehui, the Ivory Coast rapper and singer, is a pioneer of Afro Hip Hop Soul, seamlessly blending rap with diverse genres like Soul, Reggae Dancehall, and Afrobeats. His journey began in the 2000s alongside French composer K?M.F, crafting a unique fusion of hip hop, soul, electro, and jazz.

Returning to Côte d’Ivoire, Tehui released his solo debut album, “Itinéraire d’Un Gars (A)Normal,” in 2017, earning recognition with the Best Urban Reggae Artist award in 2018. His groundbreaking live album, “Live From Bao Café,” marked a milestone in Ivorian rap history in April 2019.

Continuing his prolific output, Tehui unleashed a series of EPs and albums, including “Amuse-Oreilles” (2021), “Paix” (2022), “Bataradé” (2022), “DREAMS” (2023), and “Magistral” (2023). Anticipation mounts for his upcoming release, “Grands of This World,” slated for March 1, 2024, promising a fusion of hip hop and afro urban sounds.

Representing Côte d’Ivoire at the international festival “Voix de fête” in Geneva in March 2023 showcased Tehui’s global appeal. Collaborations with renowned artists from around the world, including Awon (USA), Veeby (Cameroon/Canada), Kajeem, and Jahelle Bonee (Côte d’Ivoire), highlight his international ambitions.

Tehui’s evolution as an artist reflects his dedication to pushing boundaries and embracing new influences. From his roots in rap to collaborations with Afro jazz musicians and Afrobeats artists, Tehui’s music resonates with a diverse audience while staying true to his Ivorian heritage.

Written by
Barbie Edonia


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