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Birth name Mtendere Mandowa
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop[1]
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 2009-present
Labels Brainfeeder, Svetlana Industries, All City Records, My Hollow Drum
Associated acts My Hollow Drum, Sons of the Morning, Flying Lotus, Prefuse 73, Jackhigh
Website soundcloud.com/teebsio

Mtendere Mandowa,[2] better known by his stage name Teebs, is an American record producer and visual artist from Los Angeles, California.[3] He is a member of the My Hollow Drum collective.[4] He is also one half of the duo Sons of the Morning.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Born in The Bronx,[6] Mandowa was raised by parents from Malawi and Barbados.[7]

Teebs released his first album, Ardour, on Brainfeeder in 2010.[8] LA Weekly called it "one of the most delicate and lovely albums of the year".[9] It was followed by a compilation album, Collections 01, released on Brainfeeder in 2011.[10]

In 2013, Sons of the Morning, his collaborative project with Prefuse 73, released the debut EP, Speak Soon Volume One, on Yellow Year Records.[11] In 2014, Teebs released his second studio album, Estara, on Brainfeeder.[12]

Style and influences[edit]

Teebs' style has been referred to as "beat music", a style which involves recording, layering, altering and organizing several sounds including harps, shakers, drum taps and even tape peeling.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Collections 01 (2011)


  • The Tropics EP (2010) (with Jackhigh)
  • Los Angeles 6/10 (2010) (with Daedelus)
  • Speak Soon Volume One (2013) (with Prefuse 73, as Sons of the Morning)


  • "Why Like This?" (2010)



  • Populous with Short Stories - "Only Hope (Teebs Remix)" from Remixed in Basic (2010)
  • Nosaj Thing - "Caves (Teebs Remix)" from Drift Remixed (2010)
  • Exile - "So We Can Move (Teebs Remix)" from Radio Bonus (2010)
  • Oscar McClure - "Teebs' Never Repeat It Mix" from Compost (2010)
  • Flying Lotus - "Archway (Teebs Remix)" from Cosmogramma Alt Takes (2011)
  • Shlohmo - "Wen Uuu (Teebs Remix)" from Vacation: Remixes (2012)
  • Hundred Waters - "Boreal (Teebs Remix)" from Boreal Remix EP (2013)


  1. ^ Roberts, Randall (January 2, 2012). "Album review: Teebs' 'Collections 01'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ranta, Alan (September 17, 2012). "Teebs - Waldorf, Vancouver, BC, September 15". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Seeto, Margot (August 4, 2010). "Teebs = DJ2". Honolulu Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ Weiss, Jeff (August 30, 2010). "The birdman of Brainfeeder: Teebs premieres first single off Ardour". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Martins, Chris (August 15, 2013). "Watch Prefuse 73 and Teebs Unite in Sons of the Morning's 'The Way the Winter Passed Us'". Spin. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Weiss, Jeff (April 16, 2014). "You Can See, and Even Taste, Teebs' Music". LA Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Teebs: Better Living Through 'Beat Music'". NPR. November 19, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Patrin, Nate (November 9, 2010). "Teebs: Ardour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Benson, Kristina (November 11, 2010). "Interview: Teebs on Art, Ardour And The Christmas Records No One Wanted". LA Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ryce, Andrew (November 11, 2011). "Teebs: Collections 01". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan (September 9, 2013). "Prefuse 73 and Teebs Announce Sons of the Morning EP, Share "A Dangerous Study of Bird Life"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Weiss, Jeff (April 16, 2014). "You Can See, and Even Taste, Teebs' Music". LA Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 

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