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“The Mighty Musician” Shakura S’Aida Hits the Stage St. Lawrence Acoustic – Morrisburg Leader


MORRISBURG — Sandra Whitworth, president of the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage, describes this performer as “an incredible entertainer” and an “accomplished performer.” Not only is the famous singer Shakura S’Aida an extraordinary “blues” singer, endowed with a formidable and “burning” voice and a dynamic stage presence, but she is also a talented actress who has starred in shows as diverse as Designated Survivor, Schitt’s Creek and Titans. .

On Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m., Shakura S’Aida will come to the Upper Canada Playhouse for a terrific concert.

Shakura first performed in this area in 2014 in a Christmas themed show SLAS. She also wowed the crowds at the Stone Crop Acres Winery. To some extent, then, his show in Morrisburg on April 23 will be like a “mini homecoming.” “I’m really looking forward to coming back to SLAS, for a fresh start, as we enter a new spring,” Shakura said in an interview with The Leader. “What I take away from the audience here is how receptive and welcoming they are. We’ve shared great laughs in the past, and I hope to relive that.

During the challenges of the COVID shutdowns, Shakura explained that she made a conscious decision “not to think about tomorrow, but to take it all day by day, doing what I needed to keep going.” She described how she created what she called a “safe room”, a place where she could zoom in with other artists and musicians, where “we could meet and be comfortable, talk about our lives and of our music, really of everything”. This secure room became an important place to work on what was going on all around me.

In a career that spans nearly 40 years, Shakura has delighted audiences from North America to Dubai, Australia to Rwanda. Among her long list of awards, she was also the Ambassador of the Sierre Blues Festival 2020 and the nominee for the Maple Blues Award 2019: Female Vocalist.

Interestingly, however, Shakura explained that she actually considers herself a “roots artist, someone whose music is rooted in blues and African American music. What excites me is to advance this unique sound, created from my life journey. My music has its origins in North and South Carolina, New York, in my life experiences. I want to bring those parts of me, of my past, of my roots into my music.

She feels that she is able to maintain her passion for music, for performing, because “I keep changing. I focus on what I want to do now, in this precise moment. I try not to put off expectations, because, really, what I wanted to do at 20 isn’t what I want to do now. Things have to change, and as an artist you have to stay aware of your surroundings: when I’m aware of who I am right now, well, that’s where I’m most passionate about.

For the past two years, in his original music, one of Shakura’s growing themes has been “community”, finding your community and connecting with it. “And of course,” she explained, “community can mean so many things: my black community, my family community, my performer community, my neighborhood community. Ultimately, this theme led me to a discovery about love. If we love our community, we can nurture and support it. My songs, I think, are about love and community, about being strong, even when things aren’t going well, even when there’s violence, both physical and emotional. The music recognizes these experiences.

As the world opens up again, Shakura also has a new album coming out this summer, “my first in 10 years. Of course,” she laughed, “it was originally planned for earlier, but COVID stepped in and stopped that. Now I think maybe that was a blessing, since we really managed to make this new album absolutely ‘perfect!’ »

She was also asked to host the July 7 main show of the Vancouver Island Music Festival. Shakura is incredibly excited to bring this amazing group of amazing women from the blues community to the Festival. “HER Majesty is made up of women from all walks of life, but beautiful and incredibly talented musicians and singers. It’s a star group: I hope to bring Her Majesty to other places in Canada.

And finally, two exceptional performers will join the incredible Shakura S’Aida on stage at their concert on April 23 in Morrisburg. “Brook Blackburn plays guitar, Roger Williams plays bass. What about me?” Shakura S’Aida burst out laughing. “I play the voice. Because after all, the voice is also an instrument.