Tawiah [pronounced Taa-We-Ah] has a well earned reputation as a trailblazer in the world of alt-soul, as one of the UK’s finest singer / songwriters and mesmerising live performer.
Tawiah began her career by self-releasing the award winning EP In Jodi’s Bedroom (Bush Girl Records) and Recreate (Lima Limo Records). In 2019 she released her debut album Starts Again with First Word Records, securing support tours for Recreate with Moses Sumney and Starts Again with Michael Kiwanuka.
Starts Again [LP] is an exploration of Tawiah’s identity as a queer woman of colour, raised in a pentecostal family, and her determination to express her musicianship in all its raw glory, free of the constraints of major label wrangles. Co-produced with Sam Beste, the album also features string arrangements by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, with a series of field recordings from Ghana, amongst its varied layers and featured players. Each album track is accompanied by a homemade music video. A triumphant 10-piece opus, the music seamlessly blendsavant-garde sensibilities with low-slung beatsand layered harmonies. The vestiges of Tawiah’s early church vocal training contrast subtly against a distinctive South London accent, which has helped place her firmly at the vanguard of the British alternative soul movement.
Tawiah has worked in collaboration with artists including; Blood Orange, Kindness, Mark Ronson, Cee-Lo, Kano, Wiley, Ghostpoet, Zed Bias and Eric Lau. Most recently co-writing and performing the Cinematic Orchestra’s latest single ‘Wait for Now’. Her work has received acclaim and coverage from OkayPlayer, The Fader, Afropunk, The Guardian, iD, Complex, Stylist, Refinery, London In Stereo, Bandcamp and Time Out, to name a few, and personal accolades have come far and wide over the years, from Quincy Jones to Adele, Jeff Goldblum and Queen Latifah.
Tawiah has created bespoke compositions in advertising, and provided vocals for film & TV projects, as well as numerous syncs including the ground-breaking series, I May Destroy You.