This series spotlights musical artists from The Nasiona‘s first compilation album, Volume 1: Petrichor.
Tony Tennyson’s track “Beat of the Tye” is featured in the volume.
Tony Tennyson is an LA-based musician and composer whose musical roots originated in his home state of south Florida. At the age of three, Tony displayed an ear for music that transcended fascination to an all-consuming passion. Before he could speak fluently, he was formulating rhythmic beats and sounds on his toy drums. He developed an ear for music and could replicate what he heard on drums and eventually on the piano. Tony’s musical taste was shaped by his parent’s diverse playlist that spanned various genres of music, but most influential to him was the music and composition of Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Tony further honed his God-given gift by playing the drums and piano at church where he became known as a young maestro whose talents landed him a music scholarship at Florida A&M University. Tony’s lifelong love affair with music has contributed to numerous music and film projects. Mostly recently, he was the 2017 recipient of the “Outstanding Theme Music” award at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. An accomplished pianist and percussionist, Tony has found passion in music production and composition. You can discover the musical genius that is Tony Tennyson in his latest release “Beat of the TYE”
THE NASIONA'S BIPOC Music + Spoken Word Series
Volume 1: Petrichor
About the Album
This first volume of The Nasiona’s music series encapsulates all the glorious highs and the searing lows of navigating the world as an empathetic, curious individual. The works contained in this volume — from mournful piano compositions, dazzling spoken word, spellbinding vocal layered-songs, to beautiful instrumentals — express the intricacies of being an artist of color in a too-often indifferent world; and like the scent that lingers long after the downpour, these masterpieces ask you to sit awhile, to close your eyes, to pay attention.
Music and oral narrators have always told stories that are as powerful, as moving as personal essays, and we at The Nasiona want to honor these tradition. For the second compilation audio volume of our BIPOC Music + Spoken Word Series, we seek submissions of tracks that align with our vision of centering, elevating, and amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, shedding light on neglected and intersectional identity experiences, while also celebrating our beauty, intelligence, creativity, and joy.
Whether you record your music or spoken word professionally, or whether you have gone the DIY way throughout; whether you are an emerging indie artist, or have never released a track or album; or whether you have simply felt overlooked by the mainstream musical landscape: we believe in your voice, your story, and your talent; and we want your work!
Tell us about growing up as a third culture kid, about living through trauma, about being misgendered, about slice-of-life instances of resolution. Tell us about your elations, your sorrows, your moments of quiet tenacity, your rallying cries of rage. Send us a track (or two, or three!) that tells a story, whether in words or through instrumentals. If it matters to you, it deserves a platform.
All genres and languages are welcome. If you identify as BIPOC, we want to showcase your work and profile you.
We can’t wait to experience to your work!
Note that we are here to center, elevate, and amplify your work. You keep all the rights to your work.