Biography

Tunde Jegende is a composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso. His work synthesises numerous genres including classical, jazz and pop. This rich range of cultural influences has led to him describing himself as a “Twenty-first century Renaissance Man”. Tunde was born in London and has Nigerian, English and Irish heritage. From a young age, he studied in both Western and African music traditions, travelling to Africa as a child to learn the kora (a plucked, West African string instrument). He attended the Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied Kora with Gambian musician Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. Tunde curates Living Legacies (Gambia’s first traditional music archive), directs New Horizons (a Nigerian music education initiative) and founded the NOK Foundation. He also serves as the director of the MUSON Centre: one of West Africa’s only music conservatoires specialising in classical music.

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