But where does this voice come from?
Without knowing anything about Tiwayo, one could imagine him an unlikely family tree: hidden son of Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, cousin of the Black Keys, nephew of Leonard Cohen. Nourished by the blues, the gospel, the soul, the rock, the reggae of the 60s and the 70s, the voice of Tiwayo was forged during the sleepless nights and gigs in the subway, on the road in the United States, in France and in Europe. Even before his first album, some great have dubbed him since he played in the first part of Insus, Curtis Harding, Patrice and today the huge Sting, Norah Jones, Seal or Marcus Miller.
In 2017, he dared to provoke fate by contacting the director who seemed to him ideal to pass the milestone of the first album. Mark Neill (Grammy Awards in 2011) was immediately seduced. Two months later, Tiwayo lived his American dream and recorded sixteen tracks in the southern United States. This first opus is the culmination of ten years of musical, vocal and personal research. He records, as on a notebook, intimate life stories with universal resonances. Doped by the urgency of living his destiny or the introspection that pushes forward, his voice roars, calms, surprises with its atypical grain and yet familiar. Mixed by Philippe Weiss (Selah Sue, Kendrick Lamar, Madonna) in Paris, this album sounds like an ode to emancipation, the analogue soundtrack of a road trip to the discovery of oneself and the world. by @tiwayo