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Instruments  Vocals, loops
Name  Tunde Adebimpe
Role  Musician

Tunde Adebimpe
Birth name  Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe
Born  February 26, 1975 (age 40) St. Louis, Missouri, United States (1975-02-26)
Genres  Experimental rock, indie rock
Occupation(s)  Singer, actor, director, animator, visual artist
Associated acts  TV on the Radio, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Nevermen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive Attack, Tinariwen, Lee Scratch Perry
Music group  TV On The Radio (Since 2000)
Albums  Dear Science, Seeds, Return to Cookie Mountain
Nominations  Grammy Award for Best Music Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Education  New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Movies  Nasty Baby, Rachel Getting Married, 7 Chinese Brothers, Jump Tomorrow, The Sun Thief
Similar People  Kyp Malone, Dave Sitek, Sebastian Silva, Gerard Smith, Jaleel Bunton

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Babatunde Omoroga "Tunde" Adebimpe (born February 26, 1975) is an American musician, actor, director, and visual artist best known as the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band TV on the Radio. His last name "Adebimpe" means "the crown is complete" in Yoruba.


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Acting career

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He starred in a 2001 indie movie, Jump Tomorrow, based on a short college film, Jorge, in which he played the same character.

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In 2008 he appeared as the groom in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married alongside Anne Hathaway, who portrayed the bride's wayward sister. In the film, Adebimpe performs an a cappella cover of the Neil Young song "Unknown Legend".

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In late 2013, Adebimpe wrapped shooting on Chilean director Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby, starring opposite Kristen Wiig and director Silva. The film was released in 2015.

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Adebimpe made a brief cameo as himself on the IFC program Portlandia in the show's season 4 premiere.

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Adebimpe's most recent acting role was in Bob Byington's film 7 Chinese Brothers, which is slated to be released in 2015.

Adebimpe portrayed Mr. Cobbwell in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Solo work and collaborations

As well as occasionally performing solo, Tunde regularly collaborates with other musicians. Adebimpe provides backing vocals on the track "Dragon Queen" on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' record, It's Blitz!, which was produced by fellow TVOTR member David Andrew Sitek. He also appears on several tracks of Dragons of Zynth's Coronation Thieves, also partially produced by Sitek. He produced and guested on "Your Glasshouse" a track from Atmosphere's record When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. He is also featured on the song, "Deathful", on Subtle's album Yell&Ice.

In early 2009, he performed three shows as a duo with Tall Firs drummer Ryan Sawyer, the latter two under the name Stabbing Eastward. Also in early 2009, Adebimpe released a combined single/DVD under the name Fake Male Voice on the Japan/Brooklyn label Heartfast. He performed one show under that name with a pickup group at the record's release party. Fake Male Voice again performed at a Heartfast showcase during CMJ 2009, as a duo comprising Adebimpe and Gerard Smith.

In 2009 Adebimpe collaborated with Massive Attack on the track "Pray for Rain".

In 2010, Adebimpe was featured on his TV on the Radio bandmate Dave Sitek's project Maximum Balloon on the track Absence of Light.

Adebimpe with members of TV on the Radio are featured on three tracks from Tinariwen's album Tassili (2011), and on the Amadou & Mariam track "Wily Kataso", from the 2012 album Folila. Ian Brennan (music producer, author) was a producer on the record, which went on to win a Grammy.

In 2012, Adebimpe formed the band Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, who released their self-titled EP on their own ZNA records in October 2013.

Adebimpe provided the vocals on Bad Radio, a track on Leftfields' Alternative Light Source album in 2015.

Adebimpe is a member of the group Nevermen with Mike Patton and Doseone. Their debut album Nevermen was released in 2016.

Adebimpe provided the vocals on "Thieves! (Screamed The Ghosts)" on Run The Jewels' Run the Jewels 3 album in 2017.

Adebimpe collaborated with Rockstar Games and released Speedline Miracle Masterpiece (ft. Sal P. & Sinkane) as part of the Welcome to Los Santos soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V. The song was also used for the trailer music for the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony DLC.

Directing and animation work

In 1998, Adebimpe worked as one of the initial animators of MTV's hyper-violent claymation program Celebrity Deathmatch.

In 2003, Adebimpe directed the music video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song "Pin".

In 2011, Adebimpe directed "Nine Types of Light", the visual companion to the band's acclaimed fourth album. For the film, he recruited a roster of the band's favorite filmmakers to helm individual clips that would be sewn together into an abstract narrative about dreams, love, fame and the future. Adebimpe directed the video for the song "Forgotten", as well as the interstitial clips where a chorus of narrators help try to connect the dots between the film's various segments.

In 2013, Adebimpe directed and animated the video for Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's single "The Blast the Bloom",

Visual art

Originally a cartoonist, Adebimpe still maintains a design, drawing and painting practice. In addition to art directing all of TV on the Radio's album covers, he painted the cover for the band's 2013 single "Mercy".

In 2009, Adebimpe released a self-published art comic, "Plague Hero". The painted book depicts a boxing match between two anthropomorphic characters. Randomly selected copies contained an DVD of "Mystery Sh*t", a compilation of song sketches and animations from Adebimpe's archives.

In May 2017, Adebimpe will premiere "A Warm Weather," a live, multimedia performance work commissioned by the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis. The work is billed as "a universe of song, story, and animation. Conceived of as a hero’s narrative pushed through a psychedelic fever dream, the surreal A Warm Weather Ghost unravels and bewilders. Be captivated as a crew of guest musicians and vocalists, narration, and large-scale projected visual art and animation by Adebimpe coalesce into a magically disorienting and unforgettable happening."


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