“Her commitment to a ‘you can’t box me in’ mentality is demonstrated beautifully on “Meds”, a blend of free jazz, reggaeton and smooth R&B distilled into a night-time bundle of hip-shaking grooves” – The Line Of Best Fit
“If Aaliyah was still alive, this is the type of sound she would be creating” Earmilk recently commented about Taliwhoah.
Adding to that statement, she is a stylish pop outlier with Afro-Caribbean soul, R&B swagger, London-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and artist immediately elicits a reaction any time she sings. That typical response can be found in her very moniker…
Born in a big artistic family to a British-Nigerian-Lebanese mom and Jamaican dad, Talitha Cross had a very roundabout introduction to music. Both her mom Toyin Adekale and auntie Maizie Williams were in the influential band Boney M. who according to many including the Independent helped define the late disco-pop 1970s era. Therefore Tali since she was little would spend hours watching and studying their VHS tapes and learning from the very best.
After relocating to LA, Tali experienced a very testing time during which her desire for song writing was born. Left homeless due to difficult circumstances, she slept in Union Station many times, scared, alone and writing songs as a survival tactic.
Fast-forward a few years and now Taliwhoah is signed to the super dope Rostrum Records and has recently released her latest single ‘Details’, which has instantly gained praise and support from the likes of DIY, The Quietus, The Fader, Complex, Earmilk and NME to name a few.
Now Taliwhoah presents her follow-up single “Meds”, which is an up-tempo piece of hazy R&B, pop, dancehall and electronica. Led by Talitha’s sultry Monica/ Brandy-esque voice taking flight over a pumpy beat, the track takes a stimulating almost unpredictable sonic journey throughout with its minimalistic yet creatively experimental production.
Tali’s lyrics are straight to the point where she doesn’t beat around the bush and literally makes the addressee sound like a total loser (we would not want to be him, that’s for sure). She says: “Sometimes some people need a taste of their own medicine to truly understand the way their selfishness is affecting others. ‘Meds’ was written so I could get that message across to a certain someone loud and clear lol.”
“Meds” is out everywhere today and just in time for the weekend!
Taliwhoah is an acclaimed Afro-Soul singer-songwriter from the U.K. Born to a Nigerian-Lebanese mother and a Jamaican father, Taliwhoah’s sound is both universal and distinctly influenced by her African and Caribbean roots. The daughter of a member of the reggae group Boney M. music is part of Taliwhoah’s genetic makeup. Taliwhoah released her debut EP, Melodies of Madness in 2014 to critical acclaim, and in 2017, she signed to Rostrum Records. Her latest EP, “Details,” is currently available on all streaming services and she will release her new EP, “New Wave Order,” at the beginning of 2018.