Hi! My name is Tiki Black. Fussy Tongue is the home of my writings and is as opinionated, passionate and hungry as I am, taking a bite and a taste of all that music, food, film and life have to offer, and as fussy requires, reserving the right not to swallow, to paraphrase Ratatouille’s Anton Ego (and so it rhymes).
I am primarily a singer-songwriter (tikiblack.com). I grew up listening to singer-songwriters around the world and that decided my fate. Yet, I am also a ‘little’ bit of a control freak so the idea that I have no input into who I want to be is the principal cause of my resistance to making music my profession in the first instance, well that and life getting in the way… Thankfully, one grows, one learns and when all goes well, passion turns out to be stronger than pride. I wanted to make people feel like they were not alone, that I knew how they felt, and write that perfect lyric, devise that perfect melody, hit that perfect note that strummed their memory. I adore doing that: for me, it encompasses everything that makes us human, the creativity, the emotions, the art, the expression, the communication, the experience, the people (hearts), the mind, the imagination and more… Although I love songwriting and performing, I am a music fan first and, here, you will find a lot of references to and quotes from the music I listen to as well as artists reviews.
When I don’t write, perform or record my own music, I play others’ music on my radio show I write the songs (Canalside The Thread, thethread.org.uk), write about it (here as well as on vertikalmagazine.net, 1inmusic.com and worldsingersongwriters.com and african-counter.com), cover some, dance on others… Ok I also love food especially from across Africa and Asia oh and Europe, writing and movies particularly cartoons (especially Japanese anime), period drama (especially British and Chinese), Chinese and Korean martial arts films, Bollywood, African and non-righteous European comedy, comics and super-hero themes. In one word, I LOVE the amazingly different ways that HUMANS inspire themselves from life (its goods and its bads) to create wonderful extensions of themselves (music, food, literature, movies…) and thereby enrich the world. I love what makes us one and how our differences contribute to evolving us as individuals and humanity. Add to that the potential offered by the digital world to make one world possible (provided courtesy of 3ewebmedia.com), and you get FUSSY TONGUE.