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Meet The Team: TSASHA

By David Kofi Yeboah-Mensah

There aren't many DJs on Balamii that could tick off playing in cultural international cities such as Lagos and Paris early in their DJing career. TSASHA has held down a monthly radio show on Balamii for the past year, and in a short space of time, she has delved into contrasting styles and genres, which she has learned to embrace. So much so, she mentions, “I’m in the process of birthing a new platform called AURA - the show features an eclectic, experimental and dreamy selection of sounds - no boundaries. Just whatever I’m into in that month.”. With that in mind, we spoke with DJ and producer, TSASHA for our Meet the Team series.

TSASHA’s diverse, global music taste hasn’t come out of anywhere. She developed an ear for music at an early age, learning to play the piano as a child, and as she got older, she picked up more musical influences from within her family. She admits, “As I got older my main thing was collecting music - secretly taking my older cousins mixtape-compilations-CDs (think that’s what they’re called), and haggling my mum to buy me my own CDs”. TSASHA’s experimental mixes during her sets, and finely edited production have inspired her global music palette, with genres such as “early 00s Rnb/hip hop, UK garage, and Afro-Beat” grabbing her attention.

As well as being an accomplished DJ, having played “a lot of nightclubs and venues in London”, alongside a boiler room set and cruiser-style in Lagos, TSASHA is in early stages developing as a producer, and artist. She says, “I’m still learning the ropes in terms of producing & finding my sound, I’ve released some experimental edits on SoundCloud and looking to drop a small project of sounds/edits by the end of the year” TSASHA’s blend of 00’s Hip Hop beat patterns with newer RnB vocals, has engrossed attention from a wide SoundCloud community, despite only two releases so far.

Outside her creative pursuits, music follows TSASHA’s career -” I’m currently working at a label too, as a Project Manager and A&R”. Although it is hard to see your career outside music when it has been an integral part of your life from a young age, we wanted to find out what she would be doing if she couldn’t work in the music industry? And so, with TSASHA’s lineage tied to Uganda, she answered, “I would be doing some sort of philanthropic work - I’m really keen on actively engaging in humanitarian projects, and making a positive contribution to/impact in communities in Uganda”

We are excited to see what the next year brings for TSASHA’s radio show with us, as she continues to develop as a DJ, and producer. Be sure to lock into her show every 3rd Saturday of the month 11 am to 1 pm. You can listen back to all her shows with us via the link here..

Host: TSASHA