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OriginLondon, England, United Kingdom
GenresAlt-Soul, Neo-Soul, Jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, piano, guitar
Years active2006–present
LabelsLima Limo, Warner Bros., Bush Girl Records

Beverley Akua Mansa Tawiah, referred to by her artist name Tawiah, is a British Alternative/Neo Soul signer and songwriter based in London.

Early life[edit]

Tawiah born to Ghanian parents in Battersea, South West London where she grew up with her two brothers on the 18th floor of a council estate. She describes her childhood as filled with church, laughter and playing out on the block. Tawiah was raised in a Pentecostal household honing her early singing capabilities as a young praise and worship leader in the Gospal Choir. Inspired by jazz, soul, rnb and Gospel she also learned to play the piano, guitar and clarinet. She attended Burntwood Academy for girls singing in their classical choir, she was nominated by her music teacher for a place at the BRIT School which she was successful in gaining along side her contemporaries Amy Winehouse, Adele and Jessie J.

Musical career[edit]

After graduating from the BRIT School,[1] Tawiah self-released her debut EP In Jodi's Bedroom[2] (the title referring to the location of the recording) on her own record label, Bush Girl Records. She subsequently received the attention of Gilles Peterson, who championed her song Watch Out which featured on his Brownswood Compilation in 2007, he also named her as the winner of his Worldwide Award for Best Newcomer in the following year.[3][4]

In 2008 following the success of In Jodi’s Bedroom she toured internationally.[5] with Mark Ronson as his lead female vocalist and went on to sign a record deal with Warner Brothers. Reluctant to follow the mainstream formula that came with a major label Tawiah went on to self release her second EP Freedom Drop in 2013. Subsequent collaboratIons include artists such as Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange), Wiley, Kindness, Cinematic Orchestra, Ghostpoet, Zed Bias and Eric Lau.

In 2018 she released her third EP Recreate on independent label Lima Limo, a collective and record label co-founded with Sam Beste, Alex Reeve and Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (of critically acclaimed Hejira). She toured the EP internationally with Moses Sumney. Her much anticipated debut album co-produced with Sam Beste is set for realise at the top of 2019.


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  1. ^ "The BRIT School - Home". Brit.croydon.sch.uk. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  2. ^ "Tawiah - In Jodi's Bedroom (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  3. ^ "The BRIT School - Music Appreciation". Brit.croydon.sch.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  4. ^ "Time Out London Interviews Nu-Soul Singer Tawiah Ahead of the Release of Her New Album 'In Jodi's Bedroom'". Timeout.com. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  5. ^ Elle J Small (23 October 2006). "The women at the heart of new British soul | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-02.

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