Tiki Black's Information
'The voice is the instrument that
draws us in, it can challenge or
comfort us, awaken us or lull us,
inspire or reassure. Tiki Black has a
voice that can do all of this and
more…Warm, embracing and timeless'.
'Tiki Black is the perfect poster
child for what it means to be a
genuine Indie performer . Black’s
music speaks to a generation that
needs a voice that knows their pain,
joy, achievements, failures, and
struggles. She sings from the heart,
and Black’s music pours out her soul
to her listeners…this publication is
in love with this artist's music'.
'Songs that tug at the heartstrings
without ever giving the impression
they were written purely to do so'.
Sometimes an artist emerges with a
sound so different that it’s hard to
figure out where it came from. Tiki
Black is such an enigma, her unique
voice and expressive keyboard style
having led some to compare her to the
poetic, soulful sound of Nina Simone
or the narrative lyricism of Leonard
Cohen. When you delve a little deeper
into her background you realise this
was never going to be someone who
fitted easily into genre labels.
Born in Paris to Cameroonian parents,
family hardship required her to be
self-reliant from an early age.
Constantly moving around and shifting
between both countries, music provided
a precious haven of consistency in her
life. Tiki treasured the resonance she
found in Cameroonian artists such as
Manu Dibango and Eboa Lotin, and
opened herself to the melancholic
beauty of French Chanson, an influence
also on the likes of Scott Walker,
Terry Hall and Elvis Costello.
Furthermore, when at the age of 14 she
discovered there was a piano in her
new school in Paris, she immersed
herself in a musical instruction book
donated by a friend and discovered the
work of Chopin.
While the upheaval of regularly moving
around proved unsettling, it also led
her to embrace and explore music as a
world beyond borders or boundaries.
During a period of her childhood spent
in Africa in the port of Douala, she
fondly recalls hearing music from
far-flung places like Latin and North
America and going to watch Bollywood
or Chinese films in local cinemas.
Later she would reverently translate
and study the lyrics of artists as
diverse as Caetano Veloso, Bob Marley,
Herbert Grönemeyer and John Lennon. As
Tiki reflects, 'If my music starts
from personal experiences, it draws
more universal lessons by looking
across time and place at similar
situations and emotions.'
Now resident in Manchester, Tiki’s
stunning debut album ‘Out Of The
Black’ on NO Sugar addEd Records is a
remarkable collection of songs that
celebrate both the strength and
fragility of the human spirit.
Enhanced by a delicate blend of
Western and African rhythmic and
stringed instruments, the songs and
arrangements convey a
singer-songwriter who has the ability
to frame her music and lyrics in
meticulous and intricate detail
without ever losing an intense,
twilight intimacy with the listener.
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