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From Rhythm Unplugged to MTN Campus Jam; from Black Heritage Festival to Felabration; from the Hanger Lane Exhibition to Coca-Cola Road to the 2010 World Cup (the list is endless), DTone Martin is the epitome of good music. His singles, “Sunkun Ife” and “Ife Gbagbara” premiered on December 2, 2011. He is one of the most developed talents of Nigerian extraction. He belongs to the breed of artistes that skillfully lace music with traditional folk coloration, well-versed lyrics and seductive melody. As a result of his outstanding performances, he has garnered an increasing teeming population of amiable fans. In “Sunkun Ife”, DTone Martins sings about an immeasurable love which cannot be compared to anything imaginable; the love that triumphs over all barriers. In “Ife Gbagbara”, he sings about how love is no respecter of persons. As much as the subject matter of the songs is captivating, DTone Martins’ pitch, voice quality, word combination, his rhythm and his flow are exceptional. He co-produced the two singles with Daniel Iyere, P loop and Fatt Beat. After being asked about the song he liked so such that he wished he sang, he answers “I wish I wrote Owuro L’ojo by Beautiful Nubia, and Kiss from the Rose by Seal.” Speaking on what makes him different from other musicians, he says “My talent, passion and intellect enthrone me as a worthy and prospective ambassador of Nigerian arts and culture. My work tenets are also hinged on values rooted in professionalism, excellence, integrity and hard work.” One of DTone’s highest aspirations is to receive the Grammy.   FOR MEDIA & BOOKINGS:   Ayinoluwa Akinyemi –, 2348074373107   CONNECT WITH DTONE MARTINS Facebook:  Twitter:
ABOUT DTONE MARTINS DTone Martins played with a jazz band called Jazz 38 with Tunde Kuboye. He also formed a band, “The Wave Jazz Band”, with some friends. Out of hundreds of artistes, he emerged second runner-up at Rhythm Unplugged 2008. He received a Rooftop 1824 CAM Awards 2007 for the distinction of his music performance. DTone Martins participated in West African Idol which gave him the exposure of international acts.  Born to a Jazzist father and chorister mother, at his birth, the course of DTone’s life seemed to have been automatically locked in music. “I never knew I was going to become a soul singer, even when I started singing, I just thought I could do something exceptional”, DTone Martins says. The name, “DTone” is an artistic way of expressing his real name, Tony Dolapo Martins. “D” in DTone stands for “Dolapo”; it is to be interpreted as Dolapo’s Tone. The Business Administration graduate of Universal College of Technology, Osun State, believes that a song is good if its impact on people’s lives is nothing short of positive; if its lyrics are good, well arranged and properly produced. DTone Martins started singing in 1997. In 2001, he decided to make a career out of it. “I first sang in public during my secondary school days, it was the end of a session party. My colleagues were amazed at my performance.” He is definitely worth listening to because he is original. He loves music so much that he says “If I had chosen any other career, life would have been so boring to me.” He effectively combines being a singer with being an audience-captivating live performer, excellent composer, brilliant storyteller, motivational speaker and lyrical poet. “When I was younger, I was fond of staying quiet and wondering what life could be if I was not born. The things I often think about are older than me”, DTone Martins says. Always performing in sync with his guitar, bringing out the depth of his unique soulful R’n’B rhythm, all of DTone’s performances have been to resounding rounds of applause from the audience. Having shared the same stage with Dagrin, Dj Zeez, MI, Banky W, 2Face Idibia, 9ice, Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and P-Square, DTone Martins knows his onions. Sometime in future, DTone Martins hopes to have collaborations with 2Face, Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti, Asa, John Legend, R. Kelly, Shade Adu and Seal. DTone Martins has also performed at the Colossal Entertainment Live Band Evolution Concert; the Nigerian Fashion Show Event; Celebrating Nollywood Star Show; Branding of Ondo State Concert; Princes Show at Muson Centre; LTV XMAS Fun Fair 2009; and An Evening with Chimamanda Adichie but to mention a few.

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This article was first published on 11th June 2012

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