Hear this singer-songwriter and DJ bring her much-lauded talent to Friday Tonic.
Tawiah’s sound is unprocessed and uncompromising, her a voice a singular instrument she alternates between thoughtful restraint and impassioned abandon. 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.
Jodi’s Bedroom (2008), Tawiah’s much-celebrated debut EP, propelled the young artist on to the front cover of alternative music bible Straight No Chaser, won her Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Award for Best Newcomer, and a two year world tour with Mark Ronson supporting Jay Z, which helped to affirm her reputation as a prodigious live performer.
Tawiah has collaborated with other artists including Cee-Lo, Wale, Guy Chambers, Paul Oakenfold, Wiley, Professor Green & Smiler, Kindness, Dev Hynes, Zed Bias, Starsmith, Ghostpoet, Eric Lau, Sam Sparro, and Daniel Merriweather. She released a second solo EP entitled Run in 2011, and the Freedom Drop mixtape in 2013.
She has performed live with Santigold, Ghostface Killer, and Ghostpoet, at festivals such as Glastonbury, Wireless, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and a solo US East Coast tour.
About Africa Utopia
In 2012 Southbank Centre launched Africa Utopia, a festival dedicated to bringing art and ideas from Africa and the African diaspora to audiences in the UK. We ask what the West can learn from this rapidly changing continent.
The festival’s first four years have featured the award-winning Senegalese musician and human-rights activist Baaba Maal, afrobeat legend Tony Allen, former First Lady of Somaliland and hospital founder Edna Adan, Kenyan creative collective The Nest, Township Tech originator Spoek Mathambo, ‘godfather of Ethiopian jazz’ Mulatu Astatke and the Kinshasa Symphony orchestra.