“Gwen & Tiana are both possessed of warm, expressive vocal talents.”

Jazzviews Magazine (UK)

Award winner as Best artiste, duo or group in African Jazz

This year’s winners at the All Africa Music Awards, hosted this year in Lagos, for ‘Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Jazz‘.

40k streams on Spotify for the album “African Time”

Best artiste, duo or group in African Jazz nominee

Gwen & Tiana has been nominated in the Best artist, duo or group in African Jazz category for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). Here is a link to the online voting platform https://afrima.org/6thAfrimavoting/.

Montreux Jazz Talent Award Nominee 2019

Gwen & Tiana will take part of the second edition of the Montreux Jazz Talent Award 2019. The performance will be on July 9th in Montreux.

Jazzwise Magazine – Album review

“Alone, I go faster; together, we go further.” runs the proverb emblazoned on the sleeve of African Time, a work whose slick production is buoyed by an extensive line-up that includes the likes of keyboardist Oli Rockberger and the long underrated Song Jobarteh, the first female professional kora player to come from a West African griot family and a woman finally coming into her own.

Jazzviews – Album review

The name of this pan-African duo, and the album packaging, may remind some UK listeners of another highly successful duo, Amadou and Mariam, but this is a very different product. Singing in English and French, Gwen and Tiana present a slick and lavishly produced package that incorporates elements of mainstream pop and soul in a manner reminiscent of the wave of 1980s African artists like Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita.

Bebop Spoken Here – Album review

This is happy party-style music, wise lyrics reflecting on life, with clapping, duets, short, snappy solos, fine playing. Right through from the start African Time, (a clever double meaning to introduce African-influenced songs), many with what I believe to be a ‘township’ feel. All the songs are original except for Yesterday.

All About Jazz – Album review

It’s not immediately clear that African Time is a jazz album at all. However, perusing the CD digipak’s details, there are obvious clues that if not exactly jazz, it is certainly jazz-related. The first indication is the revelation that sharing the composing duties along with singers Gwen Thomas and Tiana Ewane is co-composer and guitarist Femi Temowa, who’s no stranger to jazz, as his 2011 album Orin Meta will attest.

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