“Five Minutes With” Calgary musician Jimmy “Chefbeatz” Tenga

Jimmy “Chefbeatz” Tenga has claimed his position as Calgary’s very own trifecta of AfroSwing. As an artist who produces and song writes, Jimmy, also known as Chef Du Partie amongst his friends – is pioneering a sound the world didn’t know it was missing. Born in Bo Town, Sierra Leone, Chef travelled through Western Africa – Guinea, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast before making Cow Town the last stop on that journey. Chef masterfully mixes his African roots with his western ties by fusing together Hip-Hop /R&B/ Pop and traditional West African sounds, this evolution and unique integration of cultures resulted in Afro Swing’s hottest new sound.

From Jazzy melodies to traditional African sounds that ride the familiar sounds of Hip-Hop percussions – it is safe to say that Chef is more than willing to push the boundaries of music production as a storyteller who everything from depth and movement – and everything in between.

Chef has been particularly busy as of late; producing local Calgary Afrobeat Artist Shafluss’s hit single “The Game”, “Story Keepers” a video series exploring personal stories relating to Black history in Alberta – a joint production by Glenbow Museum and Afrikadey! Arts & Culture Society, and his own “Sun Lark”; an audio/visual experience that will be released this summer 2021.

Chef plans to release an Extended Play (EP) concept album – it will feature a number of artists he has worked with; showcasing talent and telling a very unique narrative.


Name: Chefbeatz

Genre: Hip Hop, RNB, Afrobeats

Founded: 2017

# of Albums: 2 EPs

Latest Release: Sun Lark EP

Latest Single: Sun Lark EP

Latest Video: Sun Lark Dance Video

Favourite band as a teenager:

Linkin Park

Favourite band now:

Run the Jewels

Guilty Pleasure Song:

The Weeknd – Ordinary Life (Lyrics)

Live Show Ritual:

Stay hyped

Road or studio?


Early bird or night owl?


EP or LP?


Any shows or albums coming up?

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Where can we follow you?

Facebook | YouTube

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Kelly BESD

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Cam Buie

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Nose Hill

Favourite Street?

Center Street

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