Tosin and Hallelujazz Project

Tosin and Hallelujazz Project


Tosin and hallelujazz project perform a fusion of African musical genres such as Afrobeat and Hilife, with contemporary styles like jazz, NuSoul, funk and Latin. Besides the instrumentals, most of Tosin's writings are lyrics-based, which he writes in English and his native Nigerian language: Yoruba.


About hallelujazz project

hallelujazz project was organized in 2002 by Tosin Aribisala. With band members from different parts of Africa and the United States, the band consists of well-talented and professional musicians with great passion for music.

According to Tosin, he is trying to bring forth a cross-cultural musical spectrum with his band by merging his traditional African musical concept with a blend of jazz elements and other contemporary music genres in order to thrill and inspire the 21st century music listeners with his original compositions.

Currently, the band performs at various venues around Maryland, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Virginia and around the U.S.

Tosin’s Bio.

Nigerian-born drummer, Tosin Aribisala moved to the U.S in 2001 after completing a two-and-a-half year project touring the world with the Nigerian afrobeat exponent ?Femi Kuti. Upon his arrival in the U.S. he was soon called by musical producer ?Andres Levin ?and asked to participate in a project which resulted in the “Red Hot Riot?CD ?a tribute to the late legendary Nigerian musician and composer ?Fela Kuti. Fela pioneered Afrobeat music. The CD featured such notable musicians as, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, D?Angelo, Sade, Baba Maal, and Taj Mahal, to name a few. Since the “Red Hot Riot?CD, Tosin has performed and recorded with Julie Dexter Conscious, Yerba Buena President Alien, and numerous other groups.

From his musical experiences, Tosin has developed a wide range of drumming styles, which include fusion, reggae, R&B, hip-hop, Latin, afrobeat, gospel, juju and the traditional African drumming patterns associated with the “Konkolo?style. Tosin is noted for his own unique “drum monologue??a web of polyrhythmic, melodic, jazzy, poetic, and groovy patterns on the drum set.

In addition to playing, writing, and producing music, Tosin is also a teacher of the drumming art from which he derives a great deal of satisfaction. The passing on of traditional art styles is tied to the evolution of both man and music.

While there are many notable musicians that have influenced Tosin’s style of playing, some have exercised a greater influence. Tosin is moved by the musical styles of Fela Kuti, John Coltrane, Fela Sowande, Art Blakey, Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Manu Katche, Haruna Ishola, Jack DeJohnette, Bob Marley and Bobby McFerrin. Tosin acknowledges being influenced by the musical sounds of both Cuba and Brazil.

Tosin is currently the lead of a group he organized in 2002, hallelujazz project. Some key members of the band are Cheikh Ndoye on bass, Ben Bokor on sax and vocalist Monica Ssali. hallelujazz project performs mostly original compositions of Tosin. The drummer/writer amalgamates his African traditional musical concepts and contemporary African musical idiom with some jazz elements and other contemporary forms of musical expression.

Academically, Tosin is concurrently a student at the University of Maryland, University College and Montgomery College studying Business Administration and Music Theory/Piano.


Tosin's Debut Album 2006: "what's on your mind".

Tosin and his band are doing some promotional gigs for the CD.

CD available at

Set List

The band's set list depends on the venue and type of gig: cafe, jazz clubs or jazz festivals. Sometimes 1 set, 2 or 3 sets.

Originals Include:
What's on your mind
Yoruba Rhapsody
Ibigiga (higher ground)
Resolve to Love
Papa's deeds
Know Yourself
Life after Life
Lily Bolero, Yoruba Rhapsody
and much more.

Covers include:
Nora Jones' "don't know why" (rearranged)
Chick Corea's "Spain"
Chuck Mangione's "Feels so good"
Sade's "Love is Stronger than pride"
Giant Steps [Coltrane]