Scene News: Tiana Khasi Releases Defiant Single ‘They Call Me’ 

“Flawless … [Tiana Khasi] creates something completely original.” – Complex UK

“Tiana Khasi is already tipped to become one of our brightest stars… she’s got something good under her sleeve yet.” – Pilerats

“Enchanting” – V Music

“As honest as it is spellbinding.” – Purple Sneakers


Following her celestial yet commanding debut single ‘Nuketown’, released to praise from Complex UK, BBC1Xtra, Worldwide FM, Gilles Peterson and more, Tiana Khasi unleashes a rhythmic, robust statement in the form of new single ‘They Call Me’, and announces her debut EP MEGHALAYA, to be released on March 29 via Soul Has No Tempo digitally and on 12″ vinyl, with pre-orders available from today .

They Call Me ‘ is out digitally via Soul Has No Tempo ( now.

Premiering with triple j’s Nkechi Anele who’s sure listeners are “gonna be hearing [it] a lot more over the coming weeks”, ‘They Call Me’ is a syncopated, stomping refusal to yield to shame, a reclamation of her own narrative, and an ode to the women who made both possible.

“‘They Call Me’ was written to challenge the problematic depictions of women in history and literature.

It’s also a tribute to the fierce women whose rebellion, fire and strength inspires me, especially my Tinā ole Tinā (Nana).

I wanted this song to to become an anthem for myself and other women to abandon shame, reclaim and redefine the names they have been given and be the authors of their own story” – Tiana Khasi

Possessing a singular voice that’s been called “elegant” (Life Without Andy), “most dope” (Audiosteez) and “as venomous as it is honey-sweet” (Happy), it’s no wonder Tiana Khasi had already been streamed over 3 million times before Nuketown’s release, thanks to acclaimed features with The Kite String Tangle, Golden Vessel and labelmate Sampology.

A trained jazz vocalist and keystone artist in her hometown whose live reputation precedes her via her work fronting local jazz/hip-hop collective Astro Travellers, Tiana’s unique sound is heavily influenced by her Samoan and Indian heritage, and has seen her support Jamaican-American “TrapHouseJazz” sensation Masego, Swedish soul artist Fatima, acclaimed Australian collective 30/70, labelmate Laneous and more.

The first single from her forthcoming debut EP, ‘Nuketown’ found support as far as Complex UK, London’s Worldwide FM, Germany’s C-Heads Magazine, a spot on Gilles Peterson’s 13th Brownswood Bubblers compilation & Spotify playlisting (Just Chill) and as near to home as triple j, Double J, and community radio nationally. ‘Meghalaya’ was co-written and produced by Sampology; and is a rich tapestry of styles and influence, with inspiration drawing from themes of self-empowerment, family and heritage, the results of collaborating with contemporary musicians while studying jazz.


Tiana Khasi performing a live version of ‘Georgia’s Track’ at Alchemix Studios

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