TUELO is led by South African born Tuelo Minah who brings her traditional influences to the bold, soulful, punk-rock sound from New York City that can simply be dubbed revival music. There is heartbreaking storytelling and rebellious passion in Tuelo's music, with an unraveling mind and captivating voice which inspired a recent Huffington Post article to dub her "New York's Best Singer (and the world’s)!”
TUELO sounds like the wild child of Nina Simone and David Bowie, who grew up with Sex Pistols and Blondie posters on her wall, and was taught music by Miriam Makeba. Fate was on her side…from a shy, non-singingchild to being a vocalist on Grammy winning albums, it is destined that TUELO will carve out a permanent and memorable place in popular music worldwide. After an homage album to her homeland with her cousins in 2014, we are now seeing the emergence of a new, courageous and raw TUELO that will make waves in the music world from Cape Town to LA. They are crafting powerful, raw live show experiences and bringing soul revival in their recently released multi-genre EP album Saint Margaret.
"New York's Best Singer (and the World's)" - Huffington Post
"Saint Margaret is an old-school number that even the greats like Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, and Mavis Staples would be honored to sing...Pretty soon, TUELO will be joining the aforementioned greats and likewise ear the word 'incomparable.' " - Ben Yung, The Revue
"An inspiring and spiritual experience carried by the singer's powerful vocals." - AFROPUNK
"An astral joy, an ecstatic release" - The Autumn Roses
"Culturally versatile...a delicate balance of soul with punk rock sensibilities." - EARMILK
"Emotionally moving and sonically compelling." - YabYum
"Goosebumps!!! That voice, the lyrics, everything is just perfect." - Music Is My Life
"...dynamic vocals soar at the forefront with infinite power while she gives praise.." - Ohestee
"Blending African melodies with American soul and punk rock to make what's been dubbed 'revival music'." - Wonky Sensitive
"No doubt if this is the first thing Seabi [Tuelo's mother] hears from her daughter’s work, she too will become a believer." - Consequence of Sound
She’s sharing this part of her culture, blending it with Rock and Punk vibes which create an actual experience of two worlds fusing together (the American with the African one) and so echoes the story, and so resonates her voice, and so booms the instruments on stage.." - Sounds So Beautiful
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All songs written by Tuelo Minah © 2016 ℗ Tuelo LLC.
All Rights Reserved.
Tuelo Minah, Vocals
Daniel Dolgin, Bass Guitar
Kevin Wenzel, Keys
Kushaiah Hooper, Drums (On Air, St. Margaret, Run)
Kirk Schoenherr, Guitars, Synths, Drum Programming
Dave Scalia, Drums (Zero), Percussion and drum overdubs
Grant Zubritsky, Synths
Produced by Kirk Schoenherr
Co-produced by Tuelo Minah
Mixed by Bob Mallory in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Alex DeTurk at Strange Weather Studios
All songs recorded at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY
Chris Cubeta, Engineer
Richard Salino, Assistant Engineer
Vocals and guitars recorded by Omer Leibovitz and Gary O'keefe at Birdwire Studios, Brooklyn, NY
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