J.Tesfa (US)

J.Tesfa (US)

Biography

Jamal Tesfa Wardally is a rapper/singer/songwriter who is widely known by his professional name J.Tesfa, pronounced “Jay” “Tes-fah”. J. Tesfa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and resides in Orlando, Fl. Although he’s only lived his life in these two cities most of his influences on his sound doesn’t come from them. Jamal grew up watching his father produce Reggae music and mostly listened to Reggae through his parents and was introduced to hip-hop from his older sister watching music videos from 106 & park. He hated that she hogged the tv to watch music videos all day, but it didn’t take long until he became curious and started watching on his own and fell in love with music. Despite growing up in Brooklyn, NY where most hip-hop heads listened to artists like Jay-Z and Biggie, Snoop Dogg was actually his first hip-hop inspiration. This was J.Tesfa’s introduction to funk music through the west coast G-Funk sound. It was a sound that stood out to him the most and he
credits Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” album for that curiosity. From there he moved on to listen to more funk from Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Prince, and many other funk style artists. It’s just a feeling that speaks to my soul. He says that he can’t explain it, but It feels right. J.Tesfa has a unique style and sound because of the variety of music he grew up with. He likes to fuse Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, and Reggae elements from his heritage in a way that has never been done before. His words will take you on a lyrical rollercoaster by bringing light to his own or other’s experiences. He says he makes music from the heart and soul for everyday people. Tesfa started doing music in 2006 and took a 7-year hiatus from music in
2011 to pursue other business ventures.
Jamal Tesfa Wardally is a rapper/singer/songwriter who is widely known by his professional name J.Tesfa, pronounced “Jay” “Tes-fah”. J. Tesfa was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and resides in Orlando, Fl. Although he’s only lived his life in these two cities most of his influences on his sound doesn’t come from them. Jamal grew up watching his father produce Reggae music and mostly listened to Reggae through his parents and was introduced to hip-hop from his older sister watching music videos from 106 & park. He hated that she hogged the tv to watch music videos all day, but it didn’t take long until he became curious and started watching on his own and fell in love with music. Despite growing up in Brooklyn, NY where most hip-hop heads listened to artists like Jay-Z and Biggie, Snoop Dogg was actually his first hip-hop inspiration. This was J.Tesfa’s introduction to funk music through the west coast G-Funk sound. It was a sound that stood out to him the most and he
credits Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” album for that curiosity. From there he moved on to listen to more funk from Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Prince, and many other funk style artists. It’s just a feeling that speaks to my soul. He says that he can’t explain it, but It feels right. J.Tesfa has a unique style and sound because of the variety of music he grew up with. He likes to fuse Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, and Reggae elements from his heritage in a way that has never been done before. His words will take you on a lyrical rollercoaster by bringing light to his own or other’s experiences. He says he makes music from the heart and soul for everyday people. Tesfa started doing music in 2006 and took a 7-year hiatus from music in
2011 to pursue other business ventures.

He knew something was always missing as he put music on the back burner, but it took some deep soul searching to figure out that this is was what he always really wanted to do and needed to make the move asap. Tesfa returned to music in 2018 and started creating with other local Orlando creatives such as Javier Vasconcellos, Kolby Niblack, Aren Gray, and Benjamin Baumewerd. He knew these were the friends he can produce with to help bring
his ideas and vision to life musically.

J.Tesfa released his first single “Came Too Far” in January 2019 with Javier Vasconcellos and himself on the production together. He is currently recording music and working on his debut project.

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