Tanzania “Tizzy” Sebastian was named Female Soca Performer of the Year and Best New Female Soca Artist at the 2007 International Soca Awards. Before joining El-A-Kru, she was primarily known as a dancer and was one of the original members of The Antigua Dance Academy.
El-A-Kru is an Antiguan soca band. The name derives from “Little Antigua Crew”.
The band was formed in 1990 as L.A. Crew. For their first seven years they performed mostly on the hotel and tourist circuits, and had several local hit recordings. In 1998, they recruited their lead singer, Tanzania “Tizzy” Sebastian, who has performed with the band ever since. They also changed their name to El-A-Kru. In 1999, “Tizzy” and El-A-Kru made a breakthrough at the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival with their first hit single outside Antigua, ‘Lethal Batty’, performing in 19 shows over 28 days.
El-A-Kru are frequent performers at the Antigua Carnival, where they have won the title of “Sweetest Band on the Road” four times of the last eight years, winning the title for a record three years in a row. In 2007, they toured the UK with the Antigua Carnival Roadshow, marking the 50th anniversary of the Carnival. The band also perform at the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival and the Saint Kitts and Nevis and Miami Carnivals and have appeared in The Caribbean Splashdown Music Festival in New York City.