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Never knew he was 9JA: Tunde Baiyewu

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Tunde Baiyewu_of_Lighthouse_FamilyTunde Baiyewu (born Babatunde Emanuel Baiyewu, 25 November 1968) is a British singer of Nigerian descent and is a member of the easy listening duo, Lighthouse Family. In 2004 he embarked on a solo career, releasing the album, Tunde and released his second album in 2013: Diamond in a Rock.

Tunde Baiyewu was born in London, but moved to Nigeria at the age of five after the death of his father. Ten years later he returned to Britain, attending the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, and obtained a degree in accounting. He subsequently met Paul Tucker who was also studying at Newcastle Northumbria University and was working at the same bar as Tunde – their partnership began and they formed Lighthouse Family.

In 2005, he appeared on the BBC Television one-off special, Strictly African Dancing. He came last, but he learned the Bata dance in the process.

On 12 November 2006, Baiyewu appeared in an ITV documentary called Faith in Music. This documentary charted the life and music of Baiyewu, from his roots in Africa, through Lighthouse Family and into his current solo incarnation. It also showed Baiyewu performing an acoustic set featuring tracks from his latest album.

In January 2007, Baiyewu held his first tour in over four years (the last time being with Lighthouse Family). He did four concerts from 13–16 January 2007 in Edinburgh, Manchester, Wolverhampton and London respectively. He combined his solo material with Lighthouse Family hits and dedicated each and every song to his nephew Funto.

Tunde is released his second solo album entitled Diamond In A Rock in the UK on 4 March 2013.

In 2013 Tunde announced plans for a second solo album titled: Diamond In A Rock and first single from the album "Move" - both released on 4 March 2013.In addition, Tunde released a promotional E.P., The Live Sessions featuring live recordings of "Move", "High" and "Letting Me Down Gently".

Tunde’s second single from the album Diamond In A Rock is the title track "Diamond In A Rock" and was released mid April 2013 on iTunes. The single was released as an EP including the single track "Diamond In A Rock" (Radio Edit) and 3 previously unreleased tracks called "Home", "Tomorrow’s News" and "Speaking Voice".

In October 2013 he will join M People as their support act during their '20th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour'.
Personal life.

He is an alumnus of Northumbria University having completed an Accountancy degree in 1994.

In March 2007, Baiyewu married Tope Adeshina, a young Nigerian model in Lagos, Nigeria. They live in the UK.

His mother went on to marry former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is of the Yoruba ethnic group.

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