In an article entitled, “MC Tabi Bonney’s hip-hop influences straight from  Togo”, Tabi explains how he watched his father pack dance floors on tours  across France and across West Africa. His father, Itadi Bonney, was a  popular ‘Afro-funk and High Life’ musician/singer. However, Tabi’s father  did not want him to be a musician, but encouraged him to become a  scientist. Tabi’s father’s experience of being exiled from Togo for criticizing  the dictatorial government in one of his songs helped frame Tabi’s  approach to life. As a result of his father’s experiences, “Tabi revels in  turning obstacles into opportunities”. 


Tabi Bonney

Togo and USA

Tabiabuè Bonney (Tabi’s birth name) was born in 1977 in West Africa, in  Lome, Togo. Tabi Bonney is an independent musician and creative  entrepreneur. The son of a revolutionary Togolese musician and activist, he  was raised between Washington DC, Paris and Africa. Tabi received a  bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University, where he completed the  undergraduate Biology/Pre-med program. Then, after that, Tabi received a  master’s degree in Biology/Secondary Education, from George Washington  University. 

In 2006, after two years of teaching Biology & Chemistry at Roosevelt High  School in Washington, DC, Tabi Bonney released his debut album A Fly  Guy’s Theme. The project featured his breakout single, “The Pocket” which  received unprecedented rotation on DC area radio stations as well as  support from MTV, VH1 and BET. Four albums and three mixtapes later,  Bonney’s songs and visual have received global support allowing him to  create and perform all over the world. To date, he has collaborated with  artists like Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T, Wale, Alice Smith and more.