2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: Sounds from the Caribbean

Tanya Stephens

Saturday, March 19
12:10AM - 12:50AM


Listen to It's A Pity


Tanya Stephens was born Vivienne Tanga Stephenson on the 2nd of July 1973. The 6th of 7 children, she grew up in a single parent home in St. Mary Jamaica. Her earliest musical influences were old Soul, Bebop, early Rock & Roll, Calypso, Country, and of course the local fare - Reggae. She cites artistes like The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener as having made an indelible mark on her with their style of storytelling, later becoming a part of influencing her own style of writing.

She also credits Smokey Robinson and Otis Reding for helping her to acknowledge her pain. Smokey remains her favorite artiste and ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ her favorite song to date.!Stephens grew up with a love of Literature which was fostered by her family. Books were far more prevalent in her environment than games or toys, and she remembers with pride that she became a member of the Richmond Public Library at 4 years old. Before ever thinking of a ...

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