Philly-born, Wesleyan educated, Brooklyn-residing artist Santi White ’97, aka Santogold, is apparently on the verge of blowing up. Put at the top of Rolling Stone’s Artists to Watch list in November (along with your favorites the MGMT), and praised as a “next big thing” by the New York Times, Santogold went on tour with Bjork last year and seems headed for a blitz of media attention before the release of her eponymous debut album this spring and upcoming tour with M.I.A.
White majored in music at Wesleyan, studying Cuban, Haitian, and West African hand drumming before working in the A&R department of Epic Records in New York. She went on to write and produce an album for reggae/R&B singer Res, collaborate with producers like Diplo and Mark Ronson, and fronted her own ska/punk band, Stiffed, which released an album in 2005.
According to the NYTimes her music is sung in “a haunting, sensual wail, or toasting in the style of dub M.C.’s, she adds a layer of softness to an unusual mix of synthesizers, dancehall rhythms and percolating new wave.” Rolling Stone provides this handy graphic: