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Tuff Like Iron
Photography By: T.O.K.Y.O Photography; Written By: Tami Tsansai
On September 25, 2018, multilayered reggae artist and fashion designer, Tuff Like Iron’, launched her first official album, ‘Ironic’, in Jamaica with the Sankofa Sessions, a curated, Afro-centric music event held every Tuesday at the Stone’s Throw Bar, 1B Manning’s Hill Road at 8:30-10:00 PM. At the collaborative themed event dubbed ‘Artist Life’, which is also the name of a track on the project, Tuff Like Iron performed songs from the album live and also hosted a fashion show and pop up shop.
Exploring the ‘art is life angle’ through design and music, Tuff, whose name represents the resilience, courage and power needed to forge through life’s challenges in today’s world, is embracing all aspects of her creativity. She sees herself as the consummate artist, passionate about using her platform to encourage others to step into and own their power and truth, while prioritizing higher awareness.
While Ironic was already released online in July, this is the first official event celebrating its debut. The album is a 17-track compilation of songs featuring collaborations with The Gideon, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Dequeen and Alika, and epitomizes her vital mission ‘to consciously represent the voice of the people, answer their questions and free their minds’. To expand on this even more, she is also committed to building out this idea in a way that makes a contribution to the lives of other upcoming artists who may need support and motivation.
As with her music, this intention is very present in the Afro-conscious, stylish clothing she designs, and her clothing line, also called Tuff Like Iron, has been doing well for the same reason.