Bounce-Worthy: Saidah Baba Talibah

While I usually like my soul music smooth and sensual, sometimes you need something rawer, edgier…different. If that’s what your ears have been missing, then get to know Saidah Baba Talibah, the Toronto-born songstress who effortlessly straddles the genres of soul, funk, and rock, incorporating everything in between. Growing up as the daughter of GRAMMY and Tony nominated jazz/blues singer Salome Bey and the niece of GRAMMY nominated musician Andy Bey gave Saidah the confidence and drive to step out on her own and forge a solo career. In addition to providing backing vocals for Canadian R&B stars Jully Black and Divine Brown, Saidah has self-released a critically acclaimed EP, The Phone Demos, and has funded her upcoming album, (S)Cream, via a Kickstarter-like campaign where fans could back the project with cash donations. Critics have described Saidah as Erykah Badu meets Living Color and she cites Betty Davis, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, and Steely Dan (as well as her mother) as influences, so that goes some way to giving an insight into what you can expect on (S)Cream. However the music speaks for itself so jump into “Place Called Grace” below (which you can grab for free here), and then make sure you check out the video for the album’s title track after the bounce, which is one not to miss.

After the bounce

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