Toppa Top 10: Ten New + Current Artists WIth Caribbean Roots

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September 3, 2014

4. FKA Twigs (Jamaica)

FKA Twigs, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett to a Jamaican father and Spanish mother in Gloucestershire, England, is an pop/R&B singer in the vein of emerging artists like Kelela and SZAโ€”but it was her eclectic, provocative videos that first brought her to the international stage. Twigs began her career as a dancer, a fact she showcased in her inaugural video, for her 2012 single โ€œHide.โ€ From that release on, it was clear that her voice and presence were equally captivating, as she combined alternately soaring and whispered vocals with attention-grabbing visuals. Two EPs later, Twigs has just released her first full-length album, a super-sensual, stripped-down record that features the production of alt-R&B stand-bys Dev Hynes and Sampha, as well as Yeezus contributor Arca. Itโ€™s earned accolades from outlets like the Guardian and Pitchfork, who named it one of their top 100 albums of the decade so far. Sheโ€™s owning the โ€œundergroundโ€ R&B scene nowโ€”whatever she does next, itโ€™s definitely going to be interesting. Watch one of her videos below: