Meet Tunisia Solomon also known as ‘Tee Tee Solo’ born to a St. Lucian mother and a Guyanese father and is one of three siblings born into a musical family well known in Guyana’s history. The Solomons have continued to promote and teach the cultural musical heritage of Guyana and the Caribbean in their Adopted home of the U.S.; Phil Solomon, her uncle is a founding member of the Guyana Symphony Orchestra one of the premier musical groups in Guyana; her father Orin (OV) is his brother who also played with the orchestra and he has been instrumental is continuing the legacy of his skills and experience teaching and performing with his children.
Tunisia is a scholar whose academic achievements recently culminated when she graduated as the Valedictorian of the class of 2018 from Farmingdale State College (FSC). She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors’ of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics. She worked as a research assistant and conducted computational mathematics research at FSC as well as at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Additionally, she was a member of the FSC Women’s Track & Field team and was a resident and teaching assistant.
This scholar has received numerous accolades and awards, which include:
*The Student Award for Academic Excellence
*Farmingdale Foundation Scholarship
*Empire State Diversity Honors Scholarship
*Alumni Association Scholarship
*100 Black Women of Long Island Inc. Scholarship
*Profiled by FSC: High Achievers
*Profiled by FSC: FSC Now Magazine
*Profiled by SUNY: 30 Days of Giving (Day 20)
*Day 20: Making Music at Farmingdale State to Help the Hungry ’
*Golden Key International Honor Society 2017
*Farmingdale State College AAIC | Academic Opportunities Leadership Development
*Class I & II Certificate of Completion “The Business Series”
*2019 Guyanese Cultural Association Youth Award
She is a member of the American Physical Society – Division of Nuclear Physics. She was recognized at Farmingdale State College as a Top 10 All-Time List Track & Field Sprinter & Triple Jumper & MVP; member of Academic Student Achievement; member in C-Step (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and as the President and Creator |Rhythmic Rams Music Club.
Several summer breaks from school saw her following another passion she has when she collaborated with Long Island Cares ‘music2Meals’ program raising over 700 lbs of food. She also volunteers at the food pantry at her home church, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), in Amityville, in an effort to end hunger on Long Island.
Tunisia “Tee Tee Solo” Solomon is an innovative, passionate, singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Her refreshing cultural blend of genres stems from her love for various forms of musical expression. Tee Tee Solo’s original music displays her vocal skills and talent on the tenor steel pan. She has been featured on the News 12 network program, Diversity Long Island with her family’s group, Steel Impressions Steelband.
Performing with her family in Steel Impressions Steelband, at an early age ‘Tee Tee Solo found her voice through music and worked hard to develop her style, taking all of her musical experiences and melding them with vibrancy with a powerful that features the melodic steel pan.
Tunisia’s music educates and highlights the steel pan by incorporating the instrument in all of her music. She is continuously working toward her mission of bringing steel pan into mainstream music. “Storytelling through Reggae, dancing to Latin or African rhythms, playing my steel pan to Calypso, scatting to Jazz, singing my original songs of joy, peace, freedom, love, anything that makes people feel good, is what I want to do.” Tunisia Shared. She has produced CD singles, Sometimes I Miss You and I’m Alive; the second of which is set to premier this month in her Long Island hometown.