Vagabon

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Vagabon
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Vagabon performing in 2017
Background information
Birth nameLaetitia Tamko
Born (1994-10-25) October 25, 1994 (age 25)
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Synths
  • Bass
  • Samples
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websitevagabonvagabon.com

Laetitia Tamko, better known by her stage name Vagabon, is a Cameroonian-American autodidact multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music producer based in New York City.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Laetitia Tamko was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. At age 13 her family relocated to New York so her mother could attend law school.[1] Having come from a French-speaking country, Laetitia could not speak English in the beginning, but she was a quick learner and was soon able to attend Westchester High School successfully. Tamko later attended City College of New York and graduated from the Grove School of Engineering in 2015.[2]

Career[edit]

At age 17, Tamko's parents bought her a Fender acoustic guitar from Costco. She taught herself to play by watching instructional DVDs.[3] In 2014 she started uploading her music to Bandcamp under the pseudonym Vagabon.[2] In addition to vocals and guitar, Tamko played drums, keyboard, and synth on her 2017 album Infinite Worlds.[4] In 2018 she was invited to open for Courtney Barnett on her North American summer tour.[5]

Her self-titled second album (Nonesuch, 2019) is self-produced and explores new sounds. It features digital sounds and synth strings alongside her delicate acoustic guitar. Most of the songs are written and played by the artist herself. 'We reserve the right to be full when we’re on our own', she sings on her song “Every Woman”.[6] Released as a single and official video which can be seen on her website, the song is a young feminist's manifesto. The album also represents a move beyond the indie-rock scene, the shift in sound a "rejection of being pigeonholed."[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Persian Garden (Miscrerant, 2014)
  • Vagabon on Audiotree Live (Audiotree Music, 2017)

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Katherine Cusumano (February 22, 2017). "Girl of the Moment: Laetitia Tamko, AKA Vagabon, Has This Indie Rock Star Thing Under Control". W Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gore, Sydney (February 24, 2017). "Vagabon belongs to 'Infinite Worlds'". Nylon Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Lim, Audrea (April 27, 2016). "Freak-Folk Rising: Vagabon's Laetitia Tamko Tames Her Demons in Real Time". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "Review: Vagabon, 'Infinite Worlds'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ "Paste Magazine". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  6. ^ "Laetitia Tamko leaps into new sounds and new horizons". pitchfork.com. 2019-10-20. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  7. ^ "'There Will Be No Darkness': Laetitia Tamko On The Making Of 'Vagabon'". National Public Radio. 2019-10-20. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  8. ^ Strauss, Matthew (August 23, 2019). "Vagabon Changes Name of New Album, Announces New Release Date". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 23, 2019.