You Gonna Know My Name with SATE
Artisans Exposed Projects presents: One Flow: A series of short interviews with uniquely passionate performers and artisans. By: Jojo D Houseofjoartistry.com
"Good Evening! How you doing? my name is Sate and I'm so happy to be here. I hope you guys are ready to get sweaty, dirty, greasy, funky, skanky...all the good stuff. Will you sing with me?" Sate, Live in Concert, Germany 2017
sing, act, dance, create
When: really young, 6 or something
I do what I do because I saw my mother, my uncle, aunt, sister, and cousins do it -- plus I really love being a performing artist/creating art.
I open my mouth words come out with a melody attached, my body moves to the music and I sweat, growl and smile while doing so
ONE: existing, acting, or considered as a single unit, entity, or individual,
being a particular, unique, or only individual, item, or unit.
What Tribe do you belong to?
first generation Canadian, born and raised in Toronto - mother is African American and Indigenous American - father is Kittitian (St. Kitts - African + Indigenous Caribbean) and German.
Tell us about your upbringing/childhood
I was a shy kid, but super creative. I danced in class and in my living room mostly. I really wanted to be a dancer. I sang too, with my mother (Salome Bey), mostly or I'd watch her sing, act and direct
At what age or phase-of-life did you start to develop your art?
I was 12 when I went to Claude Watson School for the Arts. That's when I really started to get serious about my art. I was a dance major, minoring in visual art and playing tuba in the orchestra, did the same in highschool, but I sang a little more, especially when people found out that I could sing.
Did your upbringing in a musically famous family influence your decision to pursue music? Absolutely! It was all I knew so, naturally I went there, plus I felt nurtured and supported.
Was there any other defining moments that let you know that you were on the right creative path? After highschool, I said to myself, if I don't get a job in singing/acting/musical theatre, I'll go to school to study just that, and within the year I got cast in Showboat, and I never looked back.
Tell us about your first real opportunity to shine publicly? And what was the experience like? Wow, um, I truly can't remember the first. Maybe it was doing AfroPunk in Brooklyn (2016), Paris and London (2017). I mean, it was the first time where I felt that I could just BE onstage and not have to prove my worth. I could sing my songs and the audience heard me. The only other times I felt that was touring in Europe. So I guess I'd say the last couple years.
FLOW: A mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. To move or progress freely as if in a stream.
Outside of your band what other musicians have you collaborated with?
Kirt Godwin - guitar/vocals
Marlon Pennant - bass/vocals
Tom McKay - bass + produced my last album, RedBlack&Blue
Ricky Tillo - guitar
Joel Joseph - keys
and in terms of female collaborators, at one point I had a predominately female band:
Donna Grantis - guitar/ musical director
Hill Kourkoutis - keys/vocals (and Hill just produced my newest album!)
Vaness - keys/vocals
Heather Crawford - guitar
Irina Angelov - keys/vocals
Meg Dolovich - bass
Jewelle Blackman - vocals/violin
Nicole Brooks - vocals
Abena Malika - vocals
Alex McMaster - cello/vocals
+ then the dudes:
Roger Travassos - drums
Rob Teehan - sousaphone
there are many more musicians that I've played with and written with, too many to name.
What does being a Canadian musician mean to you?
It means access to a variety of sounds, kinda like the culture and food that we are exposed to in this country.
How do women fare in Toronto's Music Scene?
I think women fair the same in any music scene, there are obstacles no matter where you go.
What advise can you impart to up & coming Black female musicians that you wish someone had imparted to you when you were coming up?
Be all the things that you are as a black girl human being, and don't let anyone use all that you are against you. Be proud, be loud, be soft, cry, smile, sing, dance, speak in your many different tongues, cast your magic.
Who are some of your favorite female musicians?
here's a shitload!.....
Hill Kourkoutis @hillkourkoutis
Ursula Rucker @urucker
Zaki Ibrahim @zatakiwon
Nikki Hill @nikkihillrocks
Kimberly Nichole @kimnicky
Deap Vally @deapvally
Leah Fay @leah_fay
d'bi young anitafrika @dbiyounganitafrika
Nova Twins @novatwins
Joan Smith @joanersmith
Andrea Ramolo @andrearamolo
Militia Vox @militiaismyname
Alison Mosshart @amosshart
Band Of Skulls @bandofskullsofficial
Liza Colby @lizacolbysound
Mother Feather @motherfeatherofficial
Claire Mortifee @clairemortifee
Teedra Moses @teedramoses
Nikka Costa @officialnikka
Tank and the Bangas @tankandthebangas
PJ Harvey @pjharveyofficial
Damhnait Doyle @damhnaitdoylesongs
Bif Naked @theoneandonlybifnaked
Betty Black @sylvia_sees