Tysu – ‘Valley Girl’ and ‘1,2,3 Time’

Born in Nigeria and raised in the French province, the Republic of Benin, TYSU is an international pop visionary who has been on a path of artistic enlightenment from a young age. He started performing at the age of 14 with his school, reciting tunes both in English and French, and by the time his schooling was finished he was fully immersed in the world of the performing arts and ready to take the step to the next level.

TYSU then moved over the Atlantic and settled in New Jersey, where he took every opportunity open to him on the East Coast, before moving to LA. Here he’s been applying all the hard-knock lessons he’s learned, and turned them into career-defining hits.



Valley Girl‘ is a dance-hall smash which has been inspired by the vast geographical landscape of West Coast USA, and pays homage to TYSUs global influences, even including South American rhythms and a Spanish lyric. The song is contemporary in nature with a video to match, featuring TYSU trying to find The Valley. He meets a guy on the road who’s fixing a car belonging to a ‘Valley Girl’. Instantly he’s entranced and wants to win her love. The track is upbeat and instantly danceable, and is shot on a salt pan in the desert outside of LA.

Second track ‘1,2,3 Time‘ takes a retrospective loook at the beauty of a blossoming relationship with a video taking its influence from the early 20th century. It’s a banger nonetheless, but from the other side of the musical spectrum, and shot in black and white. TYSUs vocal performance is strong and enticing, with dance moves recalling the likes of Michael Jackson. Moving to LA has clearly enhanced the creative juices in TYSU and these songs should certainly see him get plenty of airplay.

Find out more about TYSU from his official website, Instagram, and Facebook.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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