LIFEANDTHETRIBE PREMIERS SELF AFFIRMING NEW SINGLE & VIDEO "TYPE"
12 FEBRUARY 2021 (HAMILTON, ON) - Up and coming artist Lifeandthetribe releases her new single “Type” which is available now at all digital retailers.
"Type" arrives as the first single after the successful release of her debut EP Eye-Sha, ushering in an introduction to a new era for Lifeandthetribe.
“I wrote Type during a moment of frustration. I needed a release after scrolling down the timeline and being inundated with messaging that seemed to corroborate the “unworthiness” of dark-skinned black women”.
“Type” is a departure for Lifeandthetribe sonically as it pulls from the confidence and braggadocio in the tradition of Hip Hop.
“At its essence, this song is about community. While I wrote it as a way to take control of my personal narrative, I know that my experience with colourism is not solely my own. My music is about creating a space in which dark-skinned black women can have fun and be seen in all our multitudes, so I hope with Type they feel just that."
Lifeandthetribe is the alias of Gambian born/Hamilton-based artist Aisha Barrow. Previously releasing music under her birth name which means "she who lives", Aisha wanted to convey the collaborative nature of her music and the “tribe” of musicians and producers who back her R&B- based-pop-project. “I hate being pinned down by genre; pop can be anything,” she says, and she proves this on her debut EP Eye-sha: Extended (May 2020) which houses an amalgamation of Jazz, R&B, Rock, and Pop. Her sound is an insistence on ubiquity. Local acts will often cite smaller niche artists as their main inspirations, alternatively, Aisha confidently puts Lifeandthetribe in a genre next to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, even when the genre itself is not welcoming to her.