Tuesday, April 22, 2008

MUSIC: SANTOGOLD "SANTOGOLD"


Santogold (born Santi White) is an American songwriterproducer, and solo artist.

Santogold attended school in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania and then went to college at Wesleyan University where she studied Caribbean and West African drumming. The artist got her pseudonym in the 1980s from a friend's nickname for her. She worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative, but left the position to write and produce How I Do, the debut album from R&B singer Res.

Santogold was lead singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock/ska band Stiffed, whose 2003 EPSex Sells, was produced by Bad Brains member Daryl Jenifer. While in this group, she was offered a solo contract by Martin Heath of Marrakesh Records. Her initial singles succeeded based on heavy attention from Internet media. Working with fellow Stiffed member John Hill as co-producer, she recorded her debut album, Creator, which was originally slated for release on Downtown Records in January 2008, but was pushed back to April 2008. The album features appearances or production work from Freq NastyDisco DDiploM.I.ASwitch, Naeem of SpankRockXXXchange, and Clifford Moonie Pusey of Steel Pulse. Her style has been compared often to that of M.I.A. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Additionally, she has toured with the former and Björk and worked with Lily AllenMark Ronson and Ashlee Simpson.


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