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

Who:

SATE

What:

sing, act, dance, create

When: really young, 6 or something

Where:

Toronto

Why:

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.

How:

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.

Tell us about your band Wade O Brown - keys/vocals/musical director 3.5 years Tony Rabalao - drums/vocals 4 years Ben Healey - guitar/vocals 1 year Alex St. Kitts - bass/vocals 3 years

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.