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Tunde Adebimpe
Tunde Adebimpe
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Tunde Adebimpe performing live with TV on the Radio at Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden, September 13, 2004
Background information
Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe
Born (1975-02-26) February 26, 1975 (age 44)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Singer, actor, director, animator, visual artist

Babatunde Omoroga 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.

Film and television career

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

He starred in a 2001 indie movie, Jump Tomorrow,[1] based on a short college film, Jorge, in which he played the same character.

In 2003, Adebimpe directed the music video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song "Pin".[1]

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".[2]

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.[3][4]

In 2013, Adebimpe directed and animated the video for Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's single "The Blast the Bloom",[5][6] 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.[7]

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

In 2017, he starred in the second season of The Girlfriend Experience.

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

Music career

TV on the Radio

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.[8]

In early 2009, he performed three shows as a duo with Tall Firs drummer Ryan Sawyer, the latter two under the name Stabbing Eastward.[9][10][11][12] Also in early 2009, Adebimpe released a combined single/DVD under the name Fake Male Voice on the Japan/Brooklyn label Heartfast.[13] He performed one show under that name with a pickup group at the record's release party.[14][15] Fake Male Voice again performed at a Heartfast showcase during CMJ 2009, as a duo comprising Adebimpe and Gerard Smith.[16][17]

In 2009 Adebimpe collaborated with Massive Attack on the track "Pray for Rain".[18]

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 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.[19]

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.[20]

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 a DVD of "Mystery Sh*t", a compilation of song sketches and animations from Adebimpe's archives.[21]

In May 2017, Adebimpe premiered A Warm Weather, a live, multimedia performance work commissioned by the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis. [22]

Personal life

Adebimpe is married to French cartoonist Domitille Collardey, with whom he has a son.[23] He attended Shadyside Academy in Fox Chapel, PA, for high school where he is still active on the board. His deceased father was a psychiatrist in Pittsburgh, PA.


  1. ^ a b Mechling, Lauren (2008-09-20). "Just Asking . . . Tunde Adebimpe". The Wall Street Journal. New York City, NY.
  2. ^ "Tunde Adebimpe Covers Neil Young". Stereogum.com. 2008-10-10. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Melena Ryzik. "TV on the Radio Makes a Film". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "TV On The Radio - Forgotten". YouTube. 2011-04-12. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Watch: TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe Directs Stop-Motion Video for His Band Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band's "The Blast, the Bloom" | News". Pitchfork. 2013-10-21. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band - The Blast The Bloom on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2013-10-17. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Kristen Wiig Joins Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby". Variety. 2013-09-07. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Ranta, Alan (2008-02-08). "Reviews: Subtle, Yell and Ice". PopMatters.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer - Laying Low". YouTube. 2009-02-06. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer - New Shape". YouTube. 2009-02-06. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Themselves - 2009 tour dates, 2 NYC shows w/ Stabbing Eastward feat. Tunde TVoTR, a free mixtape". Brooklynvegan.com. 2009-04-01. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Stabbing Eastward @ Union Pool". Music Taster's Choice. October 17, 2009. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe Goes Solo on 7". Pitchfork. 2008-10-31. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Fake Male Voice - Round Your Corner". YouTube. 2009-02-18. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Fake Male Voice - Something True". YouTube. 2009-02-18. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Fake Male Voice - Another Drummige". YouTube. 2009-10-23. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Fake Male Voice - Jupiters Tongue". YouTube. 2009-10-23. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Dombal, Ryan (2009-09-03). "Hear Massive Attack's Collaboration With Tunde From TV on the Radio". Pitchfork Media Inc. New York City, NY.
  19. ^ "Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band". Facebook. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Rockstar Games (2016-06-02), GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony Trailer, retrieved
  21. ^ "Comics Time: Plague Hero « Attentiondeficitdisorderly by Sean T. Collins". Seantcollins.com. 2009-12-18. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)". walkerart.org. 2016-09-15. Retrieved .
  23. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BVfIhlnDm8h/

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