|This is my contribution to Round Eleven of ABC Wednesday and again I am focusing on people, some famous, some infamous and some half-forgotten.|
Tanita Tikaram is the daughter of a Malaysian mother, Fatimah Rohani, and an Indo-Fijian father, Pramod Tikaram. She was born in Münster, Germany, in 1969, due to her father’s military career, but moved to Basingstoke in England in her early teens.
She studied A-level politics, sociology and English at college and had won a place at Manchester University, but by then her singing career had begun to take over.
Tikaram was spotted by WEA Records while singing in nightclubs and they released her début album, Ancient Heart, in 1988 when she was just eighteen. It reached number 3 in the UK album chart with double platinum sales.
She has recorded and toured ever since and her eighth studio album, Can’t Go Back, was released in September this year.
It is worth mentioning that she is the sister of the actor Ramon Tikaram and the great-niece of Sir Moti Tikaram, who was the first Lord Chief Justice of an independent Fiji and was the world’s longest-serving national ombudsman.
But back to the music and Ancient Heart. I could have featured Tikaram’s rather jolly ‘Good Tradition‘ track but I’ve gone instead for the more sombre ‘Twist in my Sobriety’ because of the beautiful award-winning sepia-coloured video directed by Gerard de Thame set in a rural village in the Bolivian Altiplano.