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DESSA is a rapper, singer, essayist, and proud member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree. She’s made the US Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (for Parts of Speech) and in 2016 she contributed a track to The Hamilton Mixtape, which reached #1 on the US Billboard charts.

Dessa has built a career bucking traditional genre designations. She’s rapped at hip hop festivals, sang with a 100-voice choir, and co-written classical works for orchestra. She’s performed in a bombed-out hospital in Warsaw, in velvet-lined theaters in New York, at England’s Glastonbury Festival, and atop a folding chair in Johannesburg. Her live show includes a wide breadth of styles, from epic ballads to rapid-fire rap. The charismatic banter between the songs is as important as the set list; Dessa’s on-stage humor balances and complements the melancholy of her lyrics.

As a writer, Dessa’s has contributed to public radio programs, magazines, and newspapers (most recently, The New York Times Magazine). She has also published two short collections of her own: Spiral Bound and A Pound of Steam. Her book-length collection of literary essays is slated to be published by Dutton Books in 2018.

For information, music, and photos, visit: Doomtree.net/dessa. On Twitter she’s @dessadarling.
“Enchanting.” -Chicago Tribune

“She sounds like nobody else.” -LA Times
“Fluid, dynamic presence.” -The Village Voice (NYC)

“An extraordinarily talented performer” -Buzz Magazine, Cardiff

“Transcending the restrictions of genre to reveal an astonishing multi platform voice.”-Le Bonbon London

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