Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina.
Her ability to channel these roots have made her a sought after vocalist and musical director for historical tributes at Lincoln Center & Symphony Space in NYC, Creteil, The Sons D’Hiver Festival & MC95 in Paris as well as Chateauvallon in the South of France.
As a songwriter and vocalist Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound.
The aggressive, melodic, rock of her 5 piece outfit enchants you with its melody, while delivering a swift kick to the gut with its incisive emotional core. The work she composes and arranges for her string sextet and voice project: Psychochamber Ensemble marries the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with post-punk sensibilities. Her powerful vocals have been featured in the award-winning film Pariah (2011, Focus Films) and in HBO’s recent biopic Bessie (2015), starring Queen Latifah.
The uninitiated may have caught a glimpse of her artistry in the documentary AfroPunk with incendiary performances and her contribution to its soundtrack introducing viewers to a rare and unique talent.
Tamar-kali speaks her lyrical truth with a supreme passion and a voice that will shake your foundation and shatter your expectations with its soulful intensity. Her eclectic sound and versatility has allowed her to perform on variety of domestic and international stages with a diverse list of artists from Paramore, Fishbone and The Roots to Me’shell Ndegeocello and Viay Iyer.