FIRST EVER LONDON LIVE SHOWS:
5 December – Rich Mix (Bethnal Green) | 6 December – The Windmill (Brixton) | 9 December – Cherry Cool (Westbourne Grove)
“…personal, full of complex, visceral emotions and mature themes… a breath of fresh air compared to so many callow R&B sentiments.”
On December 5th 2011, Toronto rock-soul songstress Saidah Baba Talibah releases her electrifying debut single (S)Cream. With her powerful vocals, loud electric guitar riffs and gutsy, suggestive lyrics, (S)Cream blurs the boundaries between old-school funk, rock and soul to create an explosive debut about a lover so good Saidah can’t keep him down.
“It’s a love song, a statement, telling your baby that they’re doing it juuuuust right,”
says Saidah, with a smile.
“When we were writing it, we were vibing off the pure unadulterated funk/rock from 70’s, and then my guitarist Donna started singing, ‘When you touch my body baby’ – and I just ran with the rest.”
Don’t miss the stunning space-age video (above), directed by brother-sister duo Maya and Shevan Bastian, in which Saidah, her face intricately painted, sings against an intergalactic backdrop, with only a snake for company.
Born and raised in Canada, Saidah’s music has been greatly influenced by Toronto’s musical and ethnic enclaves. The daughter of Grammy-nominated Salome Bey, Saidah credits her internationally-renowned jazz/blues singer mother for her talent and ambition. And with her uncle, Andy Bey, also a Grammy-nominated musician, Saidah admits that growing up in a family where the arts were respected is what gave her such confidence in herself as a solo artist.
Following the cues of innovators like Radiohead and Public Enemy, Saidah has taken an unorthodox approach to funding her forthcoming album: asking fans to pre-invest via a campaign called Make Me Wanna (S)Cream. Investors were rewarded with various gifts, including autographed CDs, meals prepared by Saidah, and private dinner performances complete with burlesque dancers – depending on the level of investment.
“I wanted to strengthen the connection between me and my supporters, by inviting them to pre-purchase and fund the album creation,”
“And it’s worked. Come to my live shows and you’ll see the crowds are invested in my music, heart and soul.”
UK fans will now have the opportunity to do just that as Saidah has confirmed she’ll be brining her epic live shows to London for the first time. Her 5 nights in the capital kick off at Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix on Monday December 5th, with further shows at the likes of Brixton’s Windmill andCherry Cool in Westbourne Grove.
Saidah’s debut single (S)Cream is out on December 5th, with the debut album due out next year