Ayanbinrin, female talking drummer of note, propagates the use of Yoruba traditional drums like bata, iya-ilu, sakara, omele, gangan etc using her genre of music TradHiptional Gbedu beats.
Her musical brand style is a blend of hip-hop and cultural folks fondly called “TradHiptional Gbedu,” which is positioned for a bracket of audience (between toddler to grandparent).
Over the years, Nigerian women have been viewed into different forms: procreators, mothers, goddess and home chief cook. While they may be true, Ayanbinrin is a versatile woman that stands out in an industry dominated by men. Obviously, gone are the days when drummers are seen as mere beggars “ALAGBE” because Ayanbinrin’s unique musical art reflects ideas beyond the mindset of baby nursing and Cyprian Ekwensi’s “THE DRUMMER BOY” who was blind and begged for alms. Known at birth as OLUWATOMISIN OLAKANYE, this music icon re-christened herself AYANBINRIN meaning “female talking drummer” to fit into her brand of music which is the fusion of African traditional beat and Hip (TradHiptional Music).These genre of music landscape is getting increasingly bigger and better for a die-hard-lover of indigenous music like Ayanbinrin. An indigene of Ondo town, in Ondo state, and the first child of a family of four. She attended State primary school, Dopemu, Lagos. Then proceeded to Egbado College Ilaro now Yewa College in Ogun state. Her journey into the world of music started at an early age but never took it seriously until 1999 when she got admitted into the Lagos State University to study Chemical and Polymer Engineering where she joined a campus traditional group called THE LANDMARK FOLK VOICES.
However, the search for a unique identity and the love for dancing took her to learn the rudiment of drumming in 2003. Thereafter, she formed her FIFTEEN-MAN-BAND called the “TIWANTIWA BAND". A group of young and assorted talents with the mandate to communicate and transfer the displaced African values and heritage to every home. Ayanbinrin’s musical art exhibits a typical African theatrical fashion which expresses culture as the resistance force of the people. Thus her dexterity at playing the Iya-ilu, Bata and gangan has made her a performer of note. Her vocal prowess is powerful and she can sing in English, Yoruba and Ondo her native dialect. Reputed for carrying her audience along by building a lively relationship whenever she is talking with her drum and the back-up singers simply interprets for the benefit of those that cannot depict the voice of the drum “GBOGBO ENIYAN KO LO LETI ILU” This unique art has made her the toast of all eyes at prominent social functions home and abroad.
Ayanbinrin is also into anchoring traditional introduction and engagement which the Yoruba's call "Alaga Ijoko/Iduro". Her style is distinct and mind blowing as she infuses her drumming techniques.