N'fa

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N'fa
Birth name N'fa Forster-Jones
Also known as N'fa Jones
Born (1979-03-21) 21 March 1979 (age 37)
London, England
Genres Hip hop, electronica, future Soul
Labels Rubber/Sony The Ayems/Sony
Associated acts Roots Manuva Drapht
Website www.nfajones.com

N'fa (born N'fa Forster-Jones; also known as N'fa Jones, 21 March 1979) is an African Australian hip hop recording artist born in London, but raised in Perth, Western Australia, best known as the frontman for 1200 Techniques. Forster-Jones was a nationally ranked 110m hurdler and placed third at the 2001 and 2002 Australian Championships, and fourth in the 2000 Olympic trials.[1] His personal best recorded time was 14.08s (wind: +1.8) set in Brisbane on 25 March 2001, though clocked 13.91 "unofficial" in Auckland's trans-tasman test meet in 2001.

Early life[edit]

N'fa was born in London to mother Michela Johnson, from Western Australia and father, Quashie Forster-Jones, from Sierra Leone.[2][3] Brought up in suburban Perth, he met Heath Ledger at Guildford Grammar School and remained friends until the actor's death in 2008.[4] At a young age, Forster-Jones also dabbled in acting and appeared as a genie in a Tim Tam commercial and played a small role in the film Queen of the Damned - a 2002 film adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's, starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend.[5][6]

Musical career[edit]

1200 Techniques formed in 1997—the band originally included N'fa and his brother Kabba.[7] Kabba left the band in 1998, when he moved to the United Kingdom.

As of 2006, Forster-Jones has shipped over 50,000 albums with 1200 Techniques alone.[8] In 2010, N'fa re-released the song "Cause An Effect" remastered as an EP with various remixes of the track and video clip on iTunes.[9] Heath Ledger conceived and directed two video clips for Cause An Effect ("Seduction Is Evil", and the title track "Cause An Effect").[10]

In 2011, N'fa became known as N'fa Jones (with the introduction of his surname) with the release of the collaborative single "Wayooy" Ft Roots Manuva and M-Phazes, the lead single from his EP "Babylondon" on Australian Independent Label Rubber Records, who he originally signed to with Hip Hop act 1200 Techniques.

Discography[edit]

1200 Techniques[edit]

Albums
Singles
  • Infinite Styles EP (2001)
  • Karma (2002) - #36 Australian singles chart
  • Eye of the Storm (2003) - #84 Australia[11]
  • Where Ur At (2003) - #35 Australia
  • Fork in the Road (2004) - #55 Australia[12]
  • Time Has Come (2014)[13]
DVDs
  • One Time Live with "1200 techniques" (2003)

Solo[edit]

Albums
EPs
  • First Step EP (2006)
  • Brain Wash EP (2008)[14]
  • Cause An Effect remastered EP (2010)
  • Babylondon (2012)
Singles
  • Universal King (Left Right Left) (2006)
  • Cause An Effect (2006)
  • Seduction Is Evil (She's Hot) (2006)
  • Wayooy featuring Roots Manuva & M-Phazes (2011)
  • March On featuring Bass Kleph (2012)

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historical Results: Nfa FORSTER-JONES (Vic), Athletics Australia, archived from the original on 12 March 2011 
  2. ^ "Heath Ledger Produced N`FA Video Released - Undercover.fm News". Undercover.fm. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  3. ^ Cushnie, Janine (21 April 2013). "N'fa Jones Interview". Grindin. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "N'fa - Gig previews & reviews - Music - Entertainment". theage.com.au. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  5. ^ Drever, Andrew (28 July 2002). "Don't fence me in". The Age. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. 
  6. ^ N'fa, Rave Magazine, 24 July 2006, archived from the original on 16 March 2012 
  7. ^ Moses, Alexa (4 September 2002). "Hip-hop's indefinables also like to rub a little funk in". Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. 
  8. ^ N'fa, International Music Concepts, archived from the original on 20 March 2012 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Cause an Effect - EP by No Fixed Abode". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  10. ^ Gaston, Peter (12 July 2010). "Rapper N'FA to Release Heath Ledger-Directed Video". SPIN. Spin Media. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. 
  11. ^ The ARIA Report, Pandora.nla.gov.au, July 28, 2003.
  12. ^ The ARIA Report, Pandora.nla.gov.au, August 16, 2004.
  13. ^ Drever, Andrew. "1200 Techniques sticks to its game plan, producing raucous hip-hop tracks". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Brain Wash, Rubber Records, archived from the original on 30 March 2012