Tuesday, 14 August 2012

GIRL OF THE MOMENT: Tifa sounds off on her latest gig, her hot new CD, and triumphant Team Jamaica

HEADLINE ACT: “I feel very proud to be Jamaican right now.”

In the life of any entertainer, the summer represents one of the busiest, most in-demand periods. For stars like Tifa – dancehall’s reigning prima donna – there is certainly no exception. On the heels of a recent red-hot showing at Reggae Sumfest in MoBay, studio commitments and numerous other starry obligations, the singer-deejay is bringing her vivacious stage presence and crowd-pleasing appeal to this week’s iteration of Behind The Screen, the hottest live-music platform in town these days, hosted at Tracks & Records. According to my hardly-ever-wrong sources, it’s the place to be seen on a Tuesday night.

As you could well expect, Tifa says she’s bringing her A-game to the party as she aims to give patrons a wonderfully entertaining package with a twist. “So far, Behind The Screen has featured people like Tanya Stephens, Romain Virgo and Yellowman, but I decided to do it a bit different. It won’t be the regular type of show,” she dishes to TALLAWAH over the phone. “I’ll be premiering the video for my single “Hold On,” and there’ll be some surprise guest appearances. It’s an intimate live-band performance, so the patrons will definitely get to see the different dimensions to me as an artiste.”

Additionally, Tifa notes, while the performance will feature old and new hits, she plans to introduce a track or two from her forthcoming solo disc, Twisted Footprints, which was initially slated to drop this summer. “[The album] is ready, but the reason it has not been released is because of a bidding war over the distribution among other things,” she reveals. “More than one people want it, and we haven’t decided who we’re gonna go with as yet. So the album has been ready. I’ve been tweaking some stuff, but it’s been done.”

Meantime, the girl says she’s simply ecstatic over Team Jamaica’s triumphant exploits at the just-concluded London Olympics. “I feel very proud to be Jamaican right now,” she gushes. “It’s surreal. I know it’s corny but to think that an island with a population of just 2.6 million is having that impact of on the world is amazing. I’m very proud of our small country. And it just goes to show that anything is possible once you put your mind to it.”

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