tUnE-yArDs is Merrill Garbus, with Nate Brenner, Matt Nelson and Noah Bernstein-Hanley.
Its music is tagged both 'lo-fi' and 'Afro-beat' in Wikipedia. Garbus spent a semester studying abroad in Tukaungu, Kenya,1 and her music draws from the percussives vocals and ukelele strums of the Swahili coast.2 tUnE-yArDs is also influenced by funk and soul, including local band Sly and the Family Stone.3
Garbus, the creator of tUnE-yArDs is based in the Cleveland Heights neighborhood. In addition to her work in tUnE-yArDs, she supports the Rock Project, which promotes to support music learning and exploration among children and youth.
To-date, tUnE-yArDs has released:
- BiRd-BrAiNs (2009)
- W H O K I L L (2011)
Singles and EPs
- Sunlight (2009)
- Hatari (2009)
- Bird-Droppings (2009)
- Real Live Flesh (2010)
- Bizness (2011)
The band also performed a cover of Fela Kuti's "Lady"with ?uestlove, Angélique Kidjo and Akua Naru in (RED)Hot + Fela (2012).5 tUnE-yArDs also contributed to Thao and Mirah's track Eleven.