Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Olatunji whose real name/full name is Olatunji Yearwood was born on September 3, 1985, is better known by his mononym Olatunji, is a Trinidadian soca artist. He was nominated for AFRIMMA AWARD 2016 under the categories of Caribbean Artist of the year.
Olatunji was born in Trinidad to Edward Yearwood, a well-known composer and mother Mairoon Ali, a Trinidadian actress, radio personality and teacher. He established himself as a Soca talent early on when he entered and won multiple talent shows while still in his teens, including the National Junior Calypso Monarch competition.
His rose to global fame when he won Trinidad’s famous Soca Groovy Monarch/International Soca Monarch in 2015, performing his blockbuster single “Ola.” He is the very last International Groovy Soca Monarch champion, as the competition’s format was changed in 2016 to exclude that category.
Yearwood was featured in The Fader Magazine as the face of AfroSoca music, an emerging genre that fuses Soca and Afrobeats. He sees the release of his debut international album ‘Awakening’ on July 1, 2016, from FOX FUSE – the world’s largest label for soca music.