Leeds musician and graduate Tamaraebi who swapped law books for music releases new EP

A musician and University of Leeds graduate who swapped his law books for the mic has released a new EP.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 11:26 am
Leeds musician Tamaraebi has released his new EP - Spectrum
Leeds musician Tamaraebi has released his new EP - Spectrum

Tamaraebi's six-track record Spectrum includes the critically acclaimed singles Brown Angel, Telephone and his new single Waistline.

The soul and R&B star has received high praise from The Times, Evening Standard, Notion, Clash and more.

He has released an acoustic version of his single Serious, with a live performance video, which is now available to stream.

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“Serious has a pop/R&B mood with a futuristic sheen,” Tamaraebi, real name Daniel Tamaraebi Itombra, said.

"It’s about how sex can sometimes complicate friendships, so while sometimes it’s great to be in the moment it’s also good to know that actions have consequences.

"A lot of people really liked this song so got together with my boy [guitarist] Aaron Forbes to record an acoustic version.

"I just wanted a stripped and laid-back vibe, because the focus for me was on the vocals and guitar.”

The soul and R&B star has received high praise from critics

Tamaraebi was born in Lagos before moving to Calabar in southern Nigeria, Nairobi, Sudan and Tanzania during his childhood.

He settled in Leeds when he was 16, where he first heard hip hop and “properly fell in love with music”.

While studying law at the University of Leeds, he performed at local clubs and recorded old-school, soul-pop songs as part of a trio.

After graduating and moving to London, he quit a coveted two-year law traineeship just two weeks in to focus on music.

“When I sing, that’s when I feel the most connected to everybody," Tamaraebi added.

"They’re just in the moment and we share this… thing. It’s like a big group hug and I like that. I was born to sing.”

Spectrum is now available on all streaming platforms.

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