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Tygapaw at Bed-Stuy Function

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60 minsRecorded 7 May 2017 at Sugar Hill in Brooklyn, NY
Krissane Johnson

Inspired by her own parties for New York’s queer black diaspora, Tygapaw blends Caribbean sounds and US R&B at RBMA’s Bed-Stuy Function.

After moving to New York City from Mandeville, Jamaica in 2002, TYGAPAW taught herself Ableton and started creating the kind of club tracks she longed to hear. Whether she’s reworking pop ballads or dancehall classics like Badman Forward, TYGAPAW pulls from a grab bag of styles, from soca-fied R&B to decompressed dancehall and accelerated rap. She runs two regular parties that blend Caribbean sounds with US club styles – Fake Accent, a monthly party which highlights queer and trans artists of color, and Shottas, where she and friend Chris Udemezue host artists from New York’s queer Caribbean community.

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