Marques Toliver grabs his violin and flashes a smile as he intones the verses to Control, the single from the recently released album Land of CanAan. The life of this former street artist changed radically in 2009 when he was discovered by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone while performing on the streets of Brooklyn, in New York. Since then his career has taken off. His powerful yet tender voice, which in Control expresses the sadness of distant love, no longer resounds in churches, funerals and marriages (in which he often performed as a child in Florida), but is now a regular fixture at British festivals.
The poise on display in this session stems namely from the freshness he acquired in the street, where he learned to interact with the audience. Until recently he could still be found busking on London’s Brick Lane, where he currently resides.
Rossana Silva, EL PAÍS