Tamwah is a songwomban that unapologetically knows herself as a multi-dimensional light being first & foremost. Her vibrant socially conscious music aims to uplift, empower & create positive change. Tamwah’s music is a sunny blaze of her own cultural diversity, spiritual connection mixed with the tropical sounds of Brazil, the Caribbean & hip hop. Tamwah flows like water between smooth soulful jazz singing, confident energetic rhymes & chanting in various tongues with conscious intent. Tamwah is a soul rebel that naturally pushes creative boundaries.
Already with 2 EP’s, This world (2005) & “Postcards from Brazil’(2013) & “A Different World”(2010) LP under her belt. Tamwah recently produced & released two singles in 2018. Both with the collaborative genius of composer/musician Justin Atherley (UK), a samba reggae love song, “BEIJOS” & a soulful calypso hip hop song, “CHILDREN of RA”. She also released her first "official" music video for "Children of RA",performed at the 2018 Commonwealth games with “By the Beach”(Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artist project) & solo with her band.
Born Tamara Maloney, raised in Melbourne, of Aboriginal, European, Afro Portuguese & Sinhalese parents. Tamwah grew up in a warm musical family, her mum would regularly play all the greats, including Sergio Mendes & Roberta Flack by ear on the piano, while Tamwah & her father would sing harmonies. Tamwah fell in love with hip hop, when she first heard Boogie Down Productions “By all means Necessary”,LP as a child.
Coming up in the bush, Tamwah naturally gravitates to making up rhymes & melodies in nature, where she feels the most free & connected to the most high & her ancestors whispering. Whist living in Melbourne Tamwah sung in acid jazz/soul cover bands, moon lighted as a DJ on local community radio station 3MDR, volunteered at William Rickets sanctuary & sculpture garden, whilst studying a double Diploma of Fashion & Photography. In 1998 Tamwah won the Christie Lawrence & Luke Mayal Memorial Artist award, for Singing.
Tragically & unexpectedly, Tamwahs husband, best friend & creative partner, MC Shawn Williams passed in 2010. This sent Tamwah down a deep journey of self love, healing & activation. Initially loosing her singing voice from trauma, music & dance became her therapy, she began making beats, refining her skills in audio production until she patiently recovered her voice. What followed was massive expansion spiritually that is reflected thru Tamwah’s art & life path forward. Tamwah has worked & recorded with musicians all over the world that share an earth-conscious, social, spiritual & political awareness. Tamwah has a deep respect for collaboration & co-creation, from working with the likes of Australian Roots Reggae artist Saritah, Paris LaMont (Protoje & The Indignation, JA), MC Len Lama (I&I Tribe, NYC)& Justin Atherley (UK) to mentoring teen girls & Aboriginal youth thru Hip Hop & song writing with One Vision Australia. In 2017, Tamwah was invited to be part of APRA/AMCOS "Starting Ground" & "By the Beach" songwriting w/shops for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders artists. Tamwah is one half of a Songwomban project with her sista Saritah, facilitating woman finding their resonance thru sacred sound & movement.
“I know how powerful love is & the struggle to love ourselves against western imposed standard is real. Now is the time for humanity to wake up, align, Rise up & shine. We need to come together & co create our future from a place of self love not destruction… if we gonna survive & thrive, WE all need to love more & action from love.”- Tamwah
Tamwah has performed at festivals like Splendor in the Grass, Seven Sister, Island Vibes, AWME, Glastonbury, Bleach festival, Commonwealth Games 2018, Big Chill as well as many small festivals, venues & retreats in California, Brazil, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Bali, UK & all over the east coast of Australia.
Children of RA- Single 2018
Beijos - Single 2017
Post Cards from Brazil - EP 2013
A Different World - LP 2011
This World - EP 2005
"Fun + Soul + Cool + Hip + Beauty = Tamwah" - Pete Murray
'The music and lyrics of Australian diva and artist Tamara Williams (aka Tamwah),exudes positivity and goodness'- Beaver on the Beats.com