Taiwan Is Dead, Long Live Kaye: Kalup Linzy’s Memorial Service for His Most Famous Character

Memorial for Taiwan. (Courtesy PMC)

Starting around 2003, the artist Kalup Linzy introduced a character named Taiwan into his repertoire, a singer who was part diva, part soap opera stock character, and pretty much completely a bummer. Everything Taiwan did was emotional and dramatic. (sample lyric, from her signature song “Ass Hole”: “Ass hole, ass hole, ass hole/why oh why oh why?”) Mr. Linzy played the character himself, dressed in drag with a flapper wig, a flower in his hair and usually some kind of low-cut dress. Read More