*photo by Tim Wiest
I am a very lucky woman to know so many strong, powerful, beautiful (inside and out) and incredibly talented women, especially those that I’ve connected with in the Toronto Indie music community. One of these women is Saidah Baba Talibah. A staple in the Toronto indie rock, soul and hip hop inspired scene, Saidah will be taking her fierce voice and self to New York this weekend for a pretty cool show that you NYC addicts need to attend.
I had the pleasure of meeting Saidah a couple of years ago, and I was on team Talibah from the moment i heard her album (S)Cream . She’s a rock goddess, a soul songtress and redefines the term diva; she evokes admiration, inspiration and intimidation (in the best way possible) from everyone she meets. Did I mention she also puts on one of the best live shows ever? Well, she does. Trust me, I’m an expert.
One of Saidah’s most well known songs is “Revolution”. It’s been featured in car commercials on radio and television, received radio play and has reached listeners on a global scale. Some time after the song was released, Saidah’s camp discovered that groups of women around the world were creating flashmob performances and using “Revolution” as their soundtrack. Their cause? One Billion Rising, a huge organization whose goal is to end violence against women forever. Launched on Valentine’s day, 2012, One Billion Rising began as a call to action, a reaction to the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. Since its inception, people around the world have been coming together to demonstrate and protest through…dance. That’s right. One Billion Rising supports are using dance to express their outrage, strike out, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, while demanding an end to violence against women. These events take place in 200 countries, where women, men, and youth came together to dance outside of court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places.
This Saturday, February 7th, One Billion Strong will be taking its cause out of the streets and into a more traditional event setting, with the same passion and drive, and some high profile supports. The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City will have the honor of hosting this epic event, called 1 Billion Rising Artistic Uprising, and Saidah Baba Talibah will have the honor of performing alongside artists Thandie Newton, Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Najimy, Maya Azucena and many more.
Want more Saidah Baba Talibah? Then check out her performance with former bandmate and powerhouse vocalist herself Hill Kourkoutis and her band Hill & The Sky Heroes . That show happens on Thursday, February 12 from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM (details https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-days-ep-release-party-tickets-15492904695)