AN ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY

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SHAKURA S’AIDA

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised & Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia,  in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, ‘The Nina Project’ or  in shows like Schitt’s Creek, Titans & Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. From her beginnings as world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.

Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries. In the past 11 years since, her tour schedule has taken her to almost 30 countries.

Shakura S’Aida has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years, most recently as a guest host on CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award winning solo artist.

After a 8 year hiatus, Shakura is back in the studio; this time with co-producers Donna Grantis (Prince/3 rd Eye Girl), Keb’ Mo’ and Roger Costa (Jeff Healey). The new album features collaborations with international artists including Eric Gales and Lee Oskar.

Whether she’s speaking Swiss-German, French or English, Shakura instantly connects with her audience — and at the same time richly demonstrates the multiculturalism that Canada prides itself on.

 

2020 Ambassadrice du Sierre Blues Festival

2019 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Female Vocalist

2017 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Female Vocalist

2017 ​Cahor Blues Festival ​La Marraine Du Cahors Blues Festival

2017 ​France Blues ​La Marraine Du France Blues

2016 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Female Vocalist

2016 ​Cahor Blues Festival ​La Marraine Du Festival

2015 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Female Vocalist

2014 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Entertainer, Female Vocalist

2013 ​Juno Award ​Nominee-Best Blues Album of the Year

2013 ​Blues Music Awards ​Nominee-Contemporary Female Artist

2013 Indie Music Awards ​Nominee-Blues Artist of the Year

2013 ​Maple Blues Award ​Nominee: Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Recording/Producer (w/Howard Ayee & Scott Cable) and Songwriter of the Year (w/Donna Grantis)

2011 ​Maple Blues Award ​Recipient: Female Vocalist of the Year 2011 Independent Music Award ​Recipient: Blues Artist of the Year 2008 International Blues Challenge ​1st Runner Up
1992 ​Juno Award ​Nominee-Best World Music Artist/Band

VOCAL RECORDINGS:

TIME ​2013 Juno Nom
BROWN SUGAR
BLUEPRINT
LISTEN TO THE WORLD ’92 ​Juno Nom