Friday Tonic: Tawiah

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South London alt-soul explorer Tawiah returns with her latest offering, Recreate, which sees her delving into new sounds, concepts and textures.

Assisted by co-producer Sam Beste of the critically acclaimed group Hejira, she ventures forward into new territory, seamlessly blending avant-garde musical leanings and beautifully melodic sensibilities to create an immersive body of work.

The vestiges of Tawiah’s early vocal training in church contrast subtly against the distinctive South London accent that has helped to place her firmly at the vanguard of a diverse yet notably British alternative soul movement in recent years.

Her collaborative credentials include Blood Orange, Cee-Lo Green, Wiley, Kindness, Cinematic Orchestra, Ghostpoet and Zed Bias, and her reputation as prodigious live performer was confirmed when she was personally selected by Mark Ronson to front his band while supporting Jay-Z on his two-year world tour.

She has performed live with Santigold, Ghostface Killer and Ghostpoet, and at festivals such as Glastonbury, Wireless, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and a solo US East Coast tour.

Her debut EP, In Jodi’s Bedroom (2008) propelled the young artist on to the front cover of alternative music bible Straight No Chaser and won her DJ Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Award for Best Newcomer.

She released a second solo EP entitled Run in 2011, and the Freedom Drop mixtape in 2013. In 2015, Tawiah provided the voice of WeTransfer’s creative campaign ‘Celebrate Creativity’.

Her music has had considerable support from the media, with features on GMTV, BBC 2, BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 6, Capital Xtra, Rinse FM, NTS Radio, and features in the Guardian, The Daily Mail, and more.

2017 saw the release of Tawiah’s EP ‘Recreate’, on the label Lima Limo. Tawiah supported Moses Sumney on his UK and European tour in October 2017 as well as setting herself up for the release of her long-awaited debut album in 2018.

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