Guest Playlist: Tawiah
You might not know her name yet but you'll definitely have heard the voice of South London singer-songwriter, Tawiah. From 2008 to 2011, she self-released a series of her own EPs - In Jodi's Bedroom, Run and Sweet Me - gaining big support for her distinctly British brand of alternative soul. Yet before she'd even sat down to record, she'd sung with some of the UK's biggest names, including as lead vocalist on Mark Ronson's 2007 worldwide tour, and has since sung alongside Cee-Lo Green, Blood Orange, Wiley, The Cinematic Orchestra and Ghostpoet.
Her latest EP, Recreate - released through her own imprint Lima Limo - is undoubtedly her best work yet. Raw, honest and emotive, the title track's video sees the artist shave her long hair as she asks - "who on earth have I become?" The EP, packed with texture and melody, reveals Tawiah's background in church and chamber choirs and as a multi-instrumentalist - featuring rich, swooning harmonies and a range of instrumental and electronic production.
Tawiah's playlist delves deep into this eclectic background, spanning time and genre with tracks from Ella Fitzgerald to label-mates Hejira.
Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon
The moment I heard this recording was the moment I started to scat everything, ha! This is the Queen of scatting right here...
Parliament - Placebo Syndrome
This is transportive for me, I can only imagine what it was like to live in the 1970s. But I'm happy I can hear what it sounded like for a Parliament lover!
Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs
'Les Fleurs' is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, delicate and strong at the same time.
Ambrose Akinmusire - Henya
Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Mark de Clive-Lowe - Heaven
Mark de Clive-Lowe was the first person I ever went on the road with, and what a pleasure it was to tour with him and Bembé Segué, who's on vocals on this track. This track 'Heaven' is exactly that, heaven!
Meshell Ndegeocello - Beautiful
I love a love song, and I love a slow jam, this is perfect. Meshell is an artist I would love to work with one day.
King Ayisoba - I Want To See You My Father
As a Brit born to Ghanaian parents, discovering amazing Ghanaian artists has always been exciting. King Ayisoba is one of the coolest dudes I have ever met! We sat by the sea and sang until the sun went down, this is the the first song I heard of his.
Francis and the Lights - How Could You
When you’ve been following an artist for years and then you see him doing tracks with Kanye in 2017! This song got me hooked!
Hejira - I Don't Belong To Anyone
My label buddies! What can I say? They are truly wonderful!
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Because we are going to be alright.
Recreate EP is out now, on Tawiah's own Lima Limo label.