Shakura S'Aida

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Shakura S'Aida
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Background information
BornBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresBlues
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
LabelsElectro-Fi, Ruf

Shakura S'Aida is a Canadian blues vocalist, songwriter and actress. She is sometimes credited Shakura.

History[edit]

Shakura S'Aida was born in Brooklyn and lived in Switzerland before moving to Canada.[1]

S'Aida was lead singer of the 13-piece world music ensemble Kaleefah,[1] before embarking on her solo career. She has also performed as a backing vocalist for Rita MacNeil and Patti Labelle, as well as with jazz musicians such as Jimmy Smith and Ruth Brown. She has also been nominated for several Juno Awards for her music. [2] [3]

S'Aida independently released her first solo album, Blueprint, in 2008. Her second album, Brown Sugar, was released in 2010 on Ruf Records. In 2012, she released a double CD, Time, on Electro-Fi Records.

As an actress, she starred in a Toronto production of George Boyd's Consecrated Ground in 2004, as well as Sudz Sutherland's Doomstown in 2006.

In 2013, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist' category.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Time (2012, Electro-Fi)
  • Brown Sugar (2010, Ruf)
  • Blueprint (2008, independent)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 First Degree Ella Rodie
1996 Talk to Me Scarecrow
1996 Critical Choices Mother
1999 A Map of the World Guard
2000 Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Backup Singer (as Shakura S'Aida)
2006 Doomstown Karen Twisleton
2007 A winter Tale Charmaine
2017 Whitewash Narrator (voice) Video Documentary
2017 Brown Girl Begins Mami

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Falcone Waitress Series
2005 Kevin Hill Jury Foreman Series
2007 The Jane Show Lillian Series
2008 Flashpoint Jackie Series
2009 'Da Kink in My Hair Shirley Andrews Series
2010-2011 Turbo Dogs Marlene Series
2012 The Firm Reasearcher Series
2013 CBC Music Festival Herself TV Special
2010-2015 Lost Girl Dark Fae Elder Series
2015 Saving hope Cora Boullot Series
2016-2017 Schitt's Creek Lena Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Reference
1993 Juno Award Best World Music Artist/Band Nominated [5]
2004 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [6]
2005 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [7]
2007 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [8]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2008 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [9]
2009 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [10]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2010 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [11]
Female Vocalist of the Year Won
Recording of the Year (for Brown Sugar (Ruf Records)) Nominated
2011 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [12]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2012 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [13]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Songwriter of the Year (with Donna Grantis) Nominated
Recording of the year

(for Time (Electro-Fi Records), with Howard Ayee)

Nominated
2013 Juno Award Best Blues Album of the Year Nominated [14]
Blues Music Awards Contemporary Female Artist Nominated [15]
Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [16]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2014 Maple Blues Award Entertainer of the Year Nominated [17]
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
2015 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [18]
2016 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [19]
2017 Maple Blues Award Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Shakura S'Aida: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "Juno Awards of 2013". wiki. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Shakura S'Aida News". www.shakurasaida.com. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "1993 | Best World Beat Recording | Kaleefah | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 2004 Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 2005 Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 2007 Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 12th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 13th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 14th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "2013 | Blues Album of the Year (Sponsored by Stingray Music) | Shakura S'Aida | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "2013 Indies Honour The Best In Independent Music With Awards And An Exclusive Headline Performance By Metric - Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88". Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88. January 23, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » 20th Annual Maple Blues Awards". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Toronto Blues Society | » Nominees". torontobluessociety.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.

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