Female Friday From The Vault with dancehall artist Tifa live performance from 2016’s Woodbine Reggae Festival that took place in Toronto.
Jamaican singer Latifa Brown, better known as Tifa, overcame the odds and became a dancehall star, as well as a spokesperson and fashion icon. Her songs range from hip-hop-influenced club burners to sensuous ballads, and she’s not afraid to explore taboo subjects with her raw, sexual lyrics.
After first breaking through with her 2008 hit “Bottom of the Barrel,” she began touring the world and won several awards. Subsequent hits included 2009’s “Spell It Out” and 2015’s “Jealous Ova.” Born in 1983, Latifa Brown was active in choir and dance clubs as a child.
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Her grandmother owned a bar and restaurant where she was able to hear music and dance, and her stepfather, Sampalue, was a notable dancehall producer who helped launch the career of dancehall queen Lady Saw.
Tifa made an announcement that “there’s a strong possibility” that she would have retired at the end of 2018. She posted a picture of self and with a lengthy caption she kicking it off expressing that 2017 has taught her a lot and notes that “LOYALTY is almost NON-Existent” noting that, the people she had around her was only there for the “hype, fame and money.”
However, in a recent interview that took place a few weeks ago, she talked with DJ Kash about not really retiring because she was still performing despite wanting to leave the music business.
Tifa also recently paid homage to her grandmother by following in her footsteps as reported by Sun Sentinel.
“My grandma, she had a restaurant that was a big thing in Kingston. I remember when I was young we would leave school in the afternoon and we would all meet there.
“So I said to myself, let me re-create and build on to her legacy. I wanted to pay homage to her name, her legacy and her recipes.”
The restaurant is not just for Jamaicans however. She is being all inclusive with the menu. “That’s why we call it Dulcies Jamaican and Everything. That’s why ‘everything’ is in there. It’s Jamaican, but we do realize that we are in America, so we have to cater to everyone. So we’ll have fried chicken, oxtail, jerk chicken, but we’ll also have lasagna, chicken and waffles. I’m really excited about having a Jamaican-American brunch — that fusion and harmony and Jamaican food and American food that Floridians love.”