Latifa ‘Tifa’ Brown
Tifa’s interest in music developed from a very young age, listening to musical legends such as Earth Wind and Fire, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. Growing up with her stepfather, Sampalue, the reggae producer who assisted in the building of several music careers including Lady Saw, gave her a deep-rooted love for dancehall music. As recognition for her choreographing talents grew, so did her passion for singing and songwriting.
- She was born with, Blount’s disease (a growth disorder of the tibia that causes the lower leg to angle inwards), began developing and she had to endure a total of three surgeries which were necessary to enable her to walk.
- While attending Wolmers Preparatory, Tifa was actively involved in the School Choir, Drama Club and Wolmers Dance Troupe.
- She was popularly known as ‘the dancer’ in high school and would be spotted with her friend, Mystic Davis, a fellow Wolmerian and also a YVA winner in the category Favourite Dancer of the Year (Female), dancing up a storm around school.
- She was the leading goal tender for both indoor and outdoor hockey during fourth form to sixth form. This led to her receiving a hockey scholarship, which she turned down to pursue her studies locally.
- Was a member of the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Academy and Ensemble and toured extensively with the group throughout the Caribbean and North America from 1996 to 2000.
- Tifa, a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Human Resources Management.