Tylibah on the rise!

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Keep a watch out for Tylibah, a young Brooklyn-bred spoken word artist on the rise who aims to uplift her people with her heartfelt poems and lyrics.

On Valentine’s Day Tylibah’s first book, Streets in Poem Form will reach the public. It has a forward by Council Member and mayoral candidate Charles Barron with special quotes from Dr. Cornell West, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Council Member Yvette Clarke, New Federal Theatre Producer Woody King, Jr. and several others who have been influential in her life.

Keep a watch out for Tylibah, a young Brooklyn-bred spoken word artist on the rise who aims to uplift her people with her heartfelt poems and lyrics.

On Valentine’s Day Tylibah’s first book, Streets in Poem Form will reach the public. It has a forward by Council Member and mayoral candidate Charles Barron with special quotes from Dr. Cornell West, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Council Member Yvette Clarke, New Federal Theatre Producer Woody King, Jr. and several others who have been influential in her life.

The book is a compilation of Tylibah’s thoughts on many subjects. It begins with a rather personal section showing who she is, where she comes from and what she stands for. Next is a more social section with poems such as “Ghetto Brother Blues,� which reaches out to all her brothers in the ‘hood, and “As You Read the Letter� about a woman who just broke up with her longtime lover. “They’re the kind of things anyone can relate to,� says Tylibah. The final section includes her more political works in which she speaks out against the war on Iraq, talks about reparations and addresses other important issues.

In addition to her book, Tylibah is also working on several music tracks. Her debut record entitled "Feeling Me" is scheduled for release in early March, and you should be able to hear it soon on the hip-hop and R&B stations in the New York City area. It’s a very upbeat feel-good dance song, great for parties and social gatherings.

"Feeling Me" was produced by Kingsley Gardner, President of KGM Entertainment who is also signed to EMI. Gardner put out the first single for the movie “Bad Boys� with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The track was “Shy Guy� sung by Diana King, and it sold over four million copies in about three months. Gardner also just completed four songs for the upcoming film “The Door in the Floor� with Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges.

Gardner says that one of the important things about Tylibah is that she’s doing pieces that are uplifting in a creative way and at the same time danceable. “Her first single is really good,� he commented. “It’s a mix of Caribbean reggae with street hip-hop and it’s got a nice dance beat.�

He went on to say that it’s hard to find people who are good at writing their own material, but Tylibah is one of those rare people. “Basically she delivers an energy that’s a little different from what other people are trying to do,� he said. “She’s unique. I think she’s excellent now and has the potential to become a great artist.�

Gardner said that he’s working on signing her for a few shows in Europe and other countries overseas, as well as gigs opening for new artists.

Tylibah has also been working with Rahim Beyah, an A&R (developer of new talent) with Henchmen Records who, as he puts it, “works with artists to see if they have what it takes to go to the next level.� He manages several well-known rappers such as Black Rob and singer Mario Winas.

A friend brought Tylibah to him and as he “vibed with her for a little while,� he keyed into the fact that Tylibah studied journalism in college and had written a book of poetry. Her literary and journalistic background told him that she would be more prolific and outspoken than many other persons you might find. “I thought she could give the people a whole lot more than just the regular rhetoric,� Beyan said. “So I decided to take a certain amount of my time and dedicate it to her to try to get her off the ground.� He is setting up a tour of Korea and Tylibah hopes to be on it.

Of course Tylibah is very excited about the release of both her first book and record. She says, “I want people to know this is heartfelt material and that it’s really important to me that I satisfy people with it because without the people who have stuck by me and supported my career, I couldn’t have made it this far. I want to let them know that they have a lot to look forward to from me in 2004 and beyond. I’m just starting,� she continued. “I’m paying my dues, but in the process I’m hoping to make history.�

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