Tkrayne. Navigating soulful rhythms and streets of inspiration with ‘Willow View’

"I like to think of my music as the blueprint to my soul and I want people to not just be able to relate with the lyrics but to also be able to feel what I felt in the moment"
18 March 2024

Tracing Tkrayne’s musical roots reveals a versatile artist who, from the age of 12, has been crafting melodies inspired by love, personal moments, and the intricate dance of heartbreak and healing. His evolution from crafting love ballads to mastering the rap scene, and his subsequent immersion into Afrobeat’s rich soundscapes, illustrates an unwavering commitment to artistic growth and reinvention.

In his new EP Willow View, Tkrayne, an emerging talent in rap, singing, and Afrobeat, embarks listeners on a musical voyage, showcasing a variety of Afro rhythms across seven soul-stirring tracks.

The EP unfolds a story crafted during Tkrayne’s solitary days on an English street, turning his isolation into a fertile ground for artistic expression. In his own words, the artist found clarity in loneliness, a space where memories morphed into melodies, each song a diary entry documenting the spectrum of human emotion. Recorded in the modest confines of his room studio, this project epitomizes the essence of introspective artistry, turning introspection into a universal language of melody and rhythm.

Tkrayne says: “I like to think of my music as the blueprint to my soul and I want people to not just be able to relate with the lyrics but to also be able to feel what I felt in the moment.

The music video for the standout track Zulezu from the EP was filmed in Nigeria, enhancing the EP’s lush soundscapes with its captivating visuals. Tkrayne’s homecoming not only marks a literal return but also reflects the vibrant core of Willow View, animating his personal reflections against the dynamic backdrop of Nigerian life.

Tkrayne’s stage name—a blend of his name Tosin and the symbolic ‘krayne’—reflects his mission: to elevate and inspire through his music. His ability to create a mental and emotional uplift has defined his career, marked by moments like performing at a sold-out venue, where he shared his art with thousands, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of his audience.

As Tkrayne ventures further into the realms of Afrobeat, his adaptability and innate musicality shine through, positioning him as a significant force within the genre’s landscape. Willow View is an invitation to experience the world through Tkrayne’s eyes—to feel the emotions, embrace the rhythms, and journey through time decorated by his music.

In today’s world, music bridges personal stories, with Tkrayne embodying this through genuine artistry. Willow View marks an exciting beginning to 2024, offering a journey of depth, innovation, and the unique ability of music to unite us.

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