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About Tanika Charles:
Mz. Chawls is the truth. Soul music seems to have come full circle with the re-introduction of greats like Al Green and Lee Fields to a younger audience, and now Tanika Charles marks its completion. The Toronto press concurred, with NOW magazine voting Tanika as best R&B singer of 2008.

Tanika cut her teeth as a touring vocalist with Bedouin Soundclash and music wunderkind Zaki Ibrahim. During a tour of South Africa in 2009, the friendship between Zaki and Tanika became a cocoon for the creative partnership seeding “What? What! What?!”, highlighted by Ibrahim’s executive producer status. This time though, Mz. Chawls has taken over, with an EP showcasing not only an established soul talent, but a maturing songwriter and musical arranger. But it’s the raw honesty of her voice – equal parts honey and brandy –  that tucks you in and puts you to bed.

Tanika Charles & the Wonderfuls


The Toronto-born, Edmonton-raised Mz. Chawls operates in a sonic time capsule with the assurance of Inez Foxx, the vulnerability of Tammi Terrel, and the smoldering intensity of Betty Wright.


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