(Pen name: TIGOX)
Poet and writer born July 1961 and raised in London, England, is the eldest of three girls for her Jamaican father and Dominican mother. Dawn came to live in Jamaica in the early 1970s. Inspired by the beauty of the country and its people, she started writing poetry and found that she had the aptitude to write at will. Friends and schoolmates capitalized on this by requesting poems for their boyfriends and for gifts to family members. They would furnish details and she would put these into poetic form.
Throughout the years as Dawn matured so did her poetry. The Tigoxcollection covers a wide range of topics. In 2002 she was presented with an award from the International Society of Poets acknowledging her as a poet of Merit.
Dawn is a Computer Systems Specialist, a Director of Information Technology at a private High School, and is a freelance computer trainer.
With his original style being a fusion of the music of the African diaspora, IYah-gift’s unique flavour echoes traces of reggae, traditional African rhythms and hip hop, to create a mind blowing synthesis of sound. Born in West Africa to a Jamaican father and a Nigerian mother, IYah-gift’s love for creating music was first influenced by the artists his parents loved, including Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Louis Armstrong. After moving to Jamaica at age 10 and then to the United States at 16, he grew to appreciate artists like Sizzla, Lauryn Hill, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Gift developed a love for, and the skill to create explosive lyrical word play and rhythms that speak to the heart. He began writing poetry at a young age, and as he got older, this wordsmith began to combine poetry and music, he became a freestyle genius, creating extemporaneous lyrics that awed his audiences at rap ciphers and performances.
It has been said by Bunny Wailer that Gift’s music comes from the heart: “His music is breezy, his lyrics are sharp, and his stage presence is comforting and inviting.” He seems to shine a light that attracts all to listen, dance and simply feel good. Junior Reid expressed that “Iyah-gift is a talented musician and artist. I have had the pleasure of working with him; and several of my sons have recorded at his studio. The future of Jamaican music will be bright with young talent like IYah-gift.”