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The Book Review Directory – The Sound Of The Broken Wand

The Book Review Directory – The Sound Of The Broken Wand

The Book Review Directory writes about The Sound Of The Broken Wand: The Poems: "The lessons and life applications in Tiki Black’s poetry echo across humanity". This line is an extract from their editorial review. In it, the Book Review Directory reviews the debut...

New release – The Sound of The Broken Wand: The Poems

New release – The Sound of The Broken Wand: The Poems

Tiki Black releases TheSound Of The Broken Wand: The Poems, a poetry collection (and one essay) to accompany her Second Album The year 2022 proves to be a personal best for artist Tiki Black as she bags the Akademia 2022 Outstanding Legacy Award and publishes a...

Tiki Black Wins Outstanding Legacy Award

Tiki Black Wins Outstanding Legacy Award

The year 2022 proves to be a personal best for artist Tiki Black as she publishes a well-received companion book for her 2022 acclaimed second album, “The Sound of the Broken Wand” and wins the Akademia 2022 Outstanding Legacy Award. UK/USA (July 7, 2022) -...

The Crown’s Crumbs

The Crown’s Crumbs

In English The Crown's Crumbs is a piece born out of the Sounding Sirens project. Artist Geli Berg initiated and named the Sounding Sirens project with the aim to empower female musicians. Three female musicians contributed two songs each. Tiki Black's contribution...

The Crown’s Crumbs

Colour Me Blue

English Colour me Blue is a Folk - Blues track from Tiki Black's second album, The sound of the broken wand.lyrics You heard the soundOf the broken wandI'm cutting the cordNo ground for discord I'm the prodigal childColour me wildColour me blueColour me, do Such a big...

Radioairplay.com reviews new single The Unscripted

Radioairplay.com reviews new single The Unscripted

Huge thanks to Andre from Radioairplay.com for his lovely words about my first single The Unscripted. “With its unique vocal performance, beautifully written lyrics, and elegant melodic concepts, 'The Unscripted' is a lovingly crafted piece of songwriting that matures...

Happy New Year 2021!

Happy New Year 2021!

I hope 2021 is just like this picture, a spot of light in the dark. A new year, 2021 not being the least, forces the mind to assess its life, or at least to review its past year. I looked and saw the tank in which I swam. The waters surrounding me take me back and...

Sounding The Sirens – Arts Council Project

Sounding The Sirens – Arts Council Project

The Sounding The Sirens project is the brain child of DJ, singer-songwriter and music agent Geli Berg. It  funded by focuses on our female associate performers – namely three of our female singer-songwriters:  . The Arts Council COVID Emergency Funding funds the...

The Crown’s Crumbs

Nobody Knows

by Andrew T Branch, Sara Azriel and Tiki Black

Jul, Aug, Sep and Oct 2019 shows

Jul, Aug, Sep and Oct 2019 shows

I am looking forward to a series of upcoming shows. I'm kicking off with a gig at the East Academy right here in my hometown of Manchester. The couple of concerts I'll do there are for Sell Your Music Online. They take place in July and August 2019. You can find out...

Live on the medicine show moose mobile with Rob Ellen

Live on the medicine show moose mobile with Rob Ellen

It was a pleasure to finally physically meet Rob Ellen and play for him and his listeners on the Moose mobike. What a great afternoon! The weather was most appropriate, and the sound of the rain outside made the whole atmosphere cosy and special. Between the interview...

BBC Stoke The Wildcard The language of Music 23 April 2019

BBC Stoke The Wildcard The language of Music 23 April 2019

BBC Radio Stoke On Trent The Wildcard The language of Music 23 April 2019 The privilege to partake in music, especially for the hour it takes to share it with an audience via BBC Stoke on Trent, can only be embraced. So once more, I get to speak with you the language...

BBC The Wildcard – The Language of Music 30/01/2019

BBC The Wildcard – The Language of Music 30/01/2019

It was really lovely to hear from the BBC. They has been seeking for presenters for a new show. I submitted show samples, got a couple of interviews.Before I knew it, I receive a proposal from the BBC to consider doing a radio show with them. More specifically, BBC...

Modern Ghana’s look at 7 things about Tiki Black

Modern Ghana’s look at 7 things about Tiki Black

Modern Ghana Magazine has just published an opinion piece entitled 7 Things About Tiki Black. The title refers to Tiki as The Singer Whose Songs Suit All Generation. The piece is penned by Joel Savage, a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited...

Season’s Greetings and Best wishes for the Year 2019

Season’s Greetings and Best wishes for the Year 2019

My warmest wishes to you and your loved ones For the Holiday Season and the Year 2019. 2019 is as yet unscripted. It is up to us to make it the best that it can be. So my wish for you is that you to leave in 2018 those things that held you back from your full, amazing...

Performing The Unscripted at SoFar Sounds Leeds

Performing The Unscripted at SoFar Sounds Leeds

I was lucky enough to play twice at SoFar sounds this year, once at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool in February and the second time in Leeds on the 29th October 2018. I even had the opportunity to attend Sofar Manchester as a guest of American band Hope Country who I...

Performing at the Cabaret for Freedom special James Baldwin

Performing at the Cabaret for Freedom special James Baldwin

For a second time, I have been invited to perform at the Cabaret of Freedom. It is once more happening on the week of my birthday, and it is among the most beautiful present anyone could ever given me, especially with the week I had been having. So, to find myself in...

JT Music reviews Tiki Black live at Words and Music Festival 2018

JT Music reviews Tiki Black live at Words and Music Festival 2018

I had a great time at the Words and Music Festival 2018. It was the atmosphere, the people, the artists, the idea of the festival itself. http://jtmusic.blogspot.com/2018/10/ The soulful, earthy, gorgeous vocal tones of and wonderful new songs from Tiki Black,...

The Crown’s Crumbs

Your Way

English Your way is a contemporary Folk song written and composed as a quiet walz by Tiki Black. It appears as a the bonus track and lullaby in Tiki Black's second album.français Your Way est une valse folk contemporaine écrite et composée comme une berceuse par Tiki...

Interview on All Business Media FM

Interview on All Business Media FM

Invited on All Business Media FM to introduce what it is that I do. The artist always itch at the idea that they are also a business. However, this was my opportunity to reconcile creativity and entrepreneurship under the umbrella of my story. 8 minutes is all that...

Performing at Cabaret for Freedom, special Maya Angelou

Performing at Cabaret for Freedom, special Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou. Wouldn't she be proud, this giant on whose shoulders many of us have reverentially climbed. Wouldn't she be proud that her Cabaret of Freedom has been so inspirationally brought through to the next generations? It is there as the platform for discovering...

Inspirational Daniel Henney

Inspirational Daniel Henney

I have to admit this. After watching Shangai Call more times than I care to admit and Seducing Mr Perfect even more times if that were possible, there are no ways around it: I am in love with Daniel Henney. Ok, he IS good and athletic looking. But there is more to it...

We love Manchester: Emergency Fund

We love Manchester: Emergency Fund

I spent more days than I would have expected wondering about what happened to Manchester on the 22nd of May 2017. I felt sick and disoriented. I could not understand. I could not imagine me being so affected by something that happened a mile from me and did not affect...

Leonard Cohen – That’s how the light gets in…

Leonard Cohen – That’s how the light gets in…

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There's a crack in everything That's how the light gets in Leonard Cohen RIP 🌹 A plume without its equal has left a blank page... A crack in his imperfect offering of melodic stirring poetry, from...

Live at Dodo

Live at Dodo

Date 29 Jul 2016 Time 20:00 - 23:00 Location DODO (Inhaber: Rolf Jungklaus) Once known as 7 Stufen, Dodo is a little gem in Berlin for intimate music experience from live artists, new and established, local and foreign and it was a pleasure to be welcomed by Rolf, the...

Silence No More in the soundtrack of short film Silence ($ILENC€)

Silence No More in the soundtrack of short film Silence ($ILENC€)

The track Silence No More by award-winning singer-songwriter Tiki Black was chosen to fully feature on the new short film $ILENC€ by multi-award winning filmmaker Glad Amog Lemra. About the film The film is in tune with the reality of Africa. It stages the contrasting...

Silence No More in the soundtrack of short film Silence ($ILENC€)

Silence No More featured in The soundtrack of a new film

My song Silence No More only got and get itself selected to be included in a poignant short film entitled Silence (written $ILENC€) by multi-award-winning filmmaker Glad Amog Lemra. The new film is in white and black and has no dialogue. That emphasises the music and...

2016: New year wishes?

2016: New year wishes?

As 2016 begins, we lose some giants (David Bowie) but somehow their legacy continues to show us a silver lining. With that renewed strength, I look forward to the the exciting great ventures that start to unfold. - I am writing my second album and in a not long I will...

To a happy 2016 and positively unforgettable year!

To a happy 2016 and positively unforgettable year!

Happy 2016! To a wonderful (yes full of unexplored beauty!), healthy (with all the motivation to clear our bodies, mind and environment from toxic spoilers), prosperous (yes, I mean bountifulness in your finances), enriching (filled with self-fulfilling...

The Netherlands – THANK YOU!

The Netherlands – THANK YOU!

I live in a big city: Manchester. I love Manchester because its grey is the blank canvas for self-expression, its wetness is the fertiliser of creativity. But I had forgotten the quality of warmth and hospitality one can only find in smaller towns, unspoilt by the...

Led astray by chips?

Anyone who has had Leni's chips would understand. Whether it is with her beef stew, her falafel, her mustard sauce or any of her fabulous meals, you just have to have more, and so we did. Stronger from our possibly generalised Netherlands' chips experience, and sated...

Radio KC, making my week

Radio KC, making my week

Radio Kaos Caribou (RKC) has been making my week, playing my music and tweeting some lovely words about it. What a lovely bunch of people! They have been playing every single one of my songs on their programs and promoting the music so that I have been getting lovely...

TV Interview on The Samy Priso Show

TV Interview on The Samy Priso Show

My first TV interview was a daunting experience. I realised something I had put in the back of my mind for a while: the fact that I always felt safe in the background, making things work from behind the scenes. This whole process of coming out of the Black, coming out...

Animating life

Animating life

I am one of those fans of anime, animated pictures with undeniable Japanese accents. It is in France that I fell in love with their energy, their original perspective, their ability to connect with many unexplored and sometimes unknown facets of the child in me, when...

Live at the Shroppie Fly, Audlem Festival 2015

Live at the Shroppie Fly, Audlem Festival 2015

What a great time I had at Audlem Festival this Sunday 24th of May. Huge thanks to Pete for inviting me (shame I could not see you!), John for setting me up, all the listeners from Audlem and even those who specially came from Bedford 😉 and beyond. Special thanks to...

we are poem

we are poem

we are poem - We are our own people since when do we reflect on another's mirror? we are a proud people since when is another's weakness our power? we're a people of the mind since when is ignorance our accepted bliss? we're a people of the heart since when is the...

Voting (The importance of)

Voting (The importance of)

I know that voting can seem like a waste of time especially when there is so little to chose from and when your choice might not win. But believe me, the satisfaction of having tried, of having fought, of having moved away from the sidelines is its own rewards as is...

Virtual hug of the day

Virtual hug of the day

I have received quite a few of those (virtual hugs that is) in the past few days from wonderful people supporting me in difficult times. This afternoon, I got myself a wonderfully huge virtual hug of the day this afternoon thanks to Alan and Tracey. Alan found out...

A day with Martin Suttons of The Songwriting Academy

A day with Martin Suttons of The Songwriting Academy

Band on the wall welcomed one of Martin Sutton's workshops, a day in which songwriters had the opportunity to hear about the experiences of an experienced colleague, the lessons he learnt and the advice he had, from song writing to everything else that takes it to the...

Ananze – a testimony that warms the heart

Ananze – a testimony that warms the heart

On the 6th of April last year, I was invited to perform at the Coeur A Coeur Acoustique in Paris by the promoter, writer and beautiful person Chantal Epee. It was a deep and amazing moment to me. The audience made me feel special and I recently received this fantastic...

Free like smoke single feat Jo Bywater

Free like smoke single feat Jo Bywater

I am a nostalgic and enjoy the old music as much as the next person. However, we sometimes spend far too much time wallowing in the past and forget to appreciate the present. So as much as I would have loved to duet with or really just sing the backing vocals for John...

An undeniably happy moment

An undeniably happy moment

When someone you admire for their taste in music (no matter what they say about it themselves! 😉 ) tells you they like what you have done, you become a child again, full of pure gratitude and sinking into the arms of such warm and cuddly comments. Thank you Bob...

In The Booth With Ruth

In The Booth With Ruth

I felt quite honoured to be invited by Writer and Broadcaster Ruth Jacobs for an interview as part of her "In the  Booth With Ruth" series. She looks into my passion, musical journey and songs at In The Booth With Ruth (interview). The interview takes place and was...

The Crown’s Crumbs

The Sound Of The Broken Wand

In English The Sound of the broken wand is a Folk song penned by Tiki Black. It is the title track of the singer-songwriter's second album.En français The Sound Of The Broken Wand (Le son de la baguette cassée) est une chanson Folk écrite par Tiki Black. C'est la...

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Brandon Scott interviews Tiki Black for MGN

Brandon Scott interviews Tiki Black for MGN

Brandon Scott interviews Tiki Black for MGN: "Her profound lyrics and beautiful vocal and piano arrangements are quickly garnering this singer-songwriter global respect, as her debut single 'Listen' soars up the charts. It is a paradox that fragility, pain, fear and...

Brandon Scott interviews Tiki Black for MGN

Tiki Black : Entrevue avec Brandon Scott pour MGN

"Ses textes profonds et ses beaux arrangements vocaux et piano sont en train de rapidement recueillir à cette auteure-compositeur-interprète un respect mondial, tandis que son premier single«Listen» grimpe les charts. C'est un paradoxe que la fragilité, la douleur, la...

Tiki Black at the Big Slice 2014, Night and Day Café

Tiki Black at the Big Slice 2014, Night and Day Café

The Big Slice put on gigs including at the Night and day Café where they recorded this performance by Tiki Black. They now also have a radio show, a tv show. They can be seen online via their website and social media. They say: "It’s about talent. It’s about passion....

“Powder Masks” sur Right Chord Music

“Powder Masks” sur Right Chord Music

L'album Out of the Black album poursuit son voyage promotionnel et l'une des morceaux, Powder Masks est en vedette sur le podcast Lost On Radio, épisode 69, une émission de Right Chord Music 'Podcast aux côtés des groupes The Hubbards, The Swiines, Marley...

“Powder Masks” sur Right Chord Music

Powder Masks featured on Right Chord Music

The Out of The Black album continues its promotional journey as one of its tracks, Powder Masks is featured in Episode 69 of The Right Chord Music ‘Lost On Radio’ Podcast alongside bands The Hubbards, The Swiines, Marley Davidson, Major Leagues and Hibou. Lost On...

Liverpool Sound and Vision reviews Out Of The Black

Liverpool Sound and Vision reviews Out Of The Black

Liverpool Sound and Vision reviews Out Of The Black starting with the words "It may not happen often, but sometimes you come across an album that once you have heard it you realise what an honour, a rare privilege, it was to have taken the C.D. out of the plastic cage...

What does Christmas mean to you? blog mmmmmmmmdouceurs-maison asks

What does Christmas mean to you? blog mmmmmmmmdouceurs-maison asks. Let me share a blog extract with you: "What is the link between artist Lokua Kanza, architect Suzanne Pasquon, counsel Michelle Mpacko, Chef Guy Dongué, writer Nguyen-Berthrand Matok, artist-painter...

Out Of The Black nominated in 2013 Fatea Awards

Out Of The Black has been Nominated for Fatea Award Debut Album Of The Year along with Fabian Holland and Salt House, the latter going on to win the award with their incredible album. Details are here http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/nominations2013.html Neil's...

Music Street Journal Reviews Out Of The Black

On the 2nd of December 2013, Gary W. Hill publishes a review of Tiki's debut album Out Of The Black with detailed track by track overview for the Music Street Journal. "a good amount of variety here and some songs are extremely good... quite a pretty piece...

Listen on Fatea Showcase Sessions

The track "Listen" from my debut album "Out Of The Black" has been included in the Fatea Showcase Sessions "Brushstrokes - Winter 2013" and is now available for a limited period as a free download, alongside tracks from 15 other music artists. To find out more and...

Spiral Earth Reviews Out Of The Black

Spiral Earth Reviews Out Of The Black

The online music magazine Spiral Earth Reviews Out Of The Black, my debut album and is the first one to do so too! After 600 postal mails and emails (and continuing) trying to get my music out there, the wait is all the harder when you know that those who receive this...

Liverpool Sound and Vision reviews Out Of The Black

“Out Of The Black” album CD now available on CDBaby and Amazon

"Out Of The Black", my  new release is available in CD format for buying and shipping from CDBaby and Amazon. The physical CD comes to complete the collection of existing digital releases including on iTunes and streamed on Spotify, Deezer, eMusic and all similar...

Toast Recordings interviews Tiki Black

" I'm partial to music being a bit different, crossed mixed genres with world influences. Then along came Tiki Black. Tiki booked in through Cottonmouth Studios to record some vocals for a track that she had recorded over in the States. Straight away, I realised that...

JT Music Reviews Tiki’s Stockport Album Launch

JT Music Reviews Tiki’s Stockport Album Launch that took place on the 18th of July 2013 The Blue Cat offered to host Tiki's Out Of The Black Album Launch and so the lovely Stockport venue was adopted.  Familiar faces were gathered for a cosy time with very special...

Out Of The Black Album Launch – Stockport

The Blue Cat offered to host my Out Of The Black Album Launch and so the lovely Stockport venue was adopted. The idea was to have a launch outside of Manchester to prepare for the Manchester launch and just to see the interest in the first place. Familiar faces were...

Fatea Magazine Reviews Out Of The Black

Fatea Magazine Reviews Out Of The Black

As she reviews "Out Of The Black", Tiki Black's debut studio album, on behalf of Fatea Magazine, Gemma Hirst notes: "I enjoy Tiki's live acoustic instrumentation, simply stunning as it draws you in. The use of the piano and string instruments is for me, hypnotic it...

Liverpool Sound and Vision reviews Out Of The Black

My debut album “Out Of The Black” is OUT NOW!

Yes, t'is the day, the release day of my debut album "Out Of The Black". So how does it feel? Sore... I am kind of so tired that I barely have the energy to be excited. What else? Unreal... It feels like I am fantasising again about my goals and dreams. What more?...

Out Of The Black, Tiki’s new album on New Releases Now!

New Releases Now, the California/US-based company that allows music listeners and ventures including the Billboard to discover and listen to new music releases every week includes my debut studio album this week including two single freely streamed, Listen and Escape...

Tiki Black on Neu Futur

On the news today, NeuFutur Magazine, an Ohio/US-based magazine features Tiki Black's new LP release "Out Of The Black". The news can be found at http://neufutur.com/2013/07/tiki-black-releases-out-of-the-black/. Neu Futur Magazine is a digital and print magazine that...

Junior’s Cave Interview with Indie Singer/Songwriter Tiki Black

Junior’s Cave Interview with Indie Singer/Songwriter Tiki Black

The following is an extract from an interview that I gave to Junior's Cave and that was published for their Early Spring 2013 Edition Music Now Spotlight: "Indie Singer/Songwriter Tiki Black is the perfect poster child for what it means to be a genuine Indie...

We Face Forward

I have been invited to play on the Manchester Museum stage on the 14th of September around 8pm as part of amazing event called We Face Forward. I will be doing a couple of covers from Cameroonian artist Eboa Lotin including called Elimb'a Dikalo. Elimb'a Dikalo means...

Inspiration from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

The article Inspiration from Samuel Coleridge Taylor was first published on the Samuel Coleridge Taylor foundation website at https://sctf.org.uk/2012/05/01/tiki-black-inspiration-from-samuel-coleridge-taylor/. The SCTF Editor posted the article on the website on May...

Open Your Eyes

First screening of my new Open your eyes Music Video

Screening of the new Open your eyes Music Video My first music video ever was for the  track ‘Open your eyes’. The short film was first screened as part of Hotchpotch Manchester on 13 May 2012. It is directed by Austin Brothers Ltd. The award-winning filmmakers are a...

The Singer-Songwriters night at the Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport

The Singer-Songwriters night at the Blue Cat Cafe, Stockport

Blue Cat Café is a lovely venue located in Stockport. That Monday night, something was brewing around my vocal chords. But still I went for it, the aim being to never have to cancel any gig (all tied with the right to be hopeful ;)). Danny, the host, clearly loves...

The best live music in Manchester at the Thirsty Scholar, England

Tuesday Tony's Thirsty Scholar open mic is one of my favourite in Manchester. Tuesday Tony, the host, organises a great gathering of talents on Tuesdays. The venue really reflects its name and Tony makes the experience rewarding for his dedication. It was a great gig...

Performing at the Railway Music Venue, Bolton, England

I gigged at the Railway Music Venue in Bolton on the 10th of March 2011. I am grateful to the owners, Jon and Hilary, for the fantastic hospitality and general atmosphere of the Railway Music Venue, Bolton. I am thankful for each of those who came to the gig and in...

Supporting Jude Waldman, Mello Mello, Liverpool, England

Performing at Mello Mello Cafe is a privilege: between a venue with so much character, an audience that loves their music, organisers so attentive, I felt connected and in my element. Going there with my friend, pianist and composer Korlan, was just the cherry on top....

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