SATE x SPOTIFY

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Yes Warriors, it’s happening.  The first of my Spotify playlists is up and running wild.  It’s a black hole, that Spotify.  I found my old favourites and some new shit that I just fell head over heels for.  So that’s what this is.  As I work through creating this new body of work, I’m looking to old and new music for inspiration and in turn, sharing what’s moving me to howl, growl and moan.

CLICK HERE:  https://open.spotify.com/user/stateofsate/playlist/4U8iL4QeXY8osmIU7vIZyB

Follow me and Enjoy!  More to come…

My Morning Dump

I used to write weekly.  Scratch that. I actually write daily, every morning for the past 3 months straight.  One day, I made that commitment to myself and I’m telling you, it’s saving a lot of lives, a lot of embarrassment (for me), and it’s hella enlightening (for me, again).  I write about everything from whatever is on my mind, to my dreams, to where I’m at in the present moment — which may be me saying that I don’t want to be writing 3 fucking pages at 6:30 in the morning cause I’m fucking tired.  But, I do.   I open my book record what time it is in the morning (which is usually, as I said, around 6:30am, because as much as I like being a night owl, I really love waking up with or before the sun).

What’s the reason for all this? Years ago I read “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, I actually did it twice.  For three months, I took myself on weekly artist play dates, declared my greatest dreams and worked through fiercest demons (or Crazymakers, as she calls them) that I’ve allowed to hold me back from fulfilling those dreams.   But through doing this, both times, what really stuck with me were the ‘morning pages’.  Morning pages are really hard at first because, three pages is a lot when there are times when you really don’t want to be there.  It’s a commitment to keep writing from your source, your deepest truest place, not editing not going back to cross the t’s or dot the i’s, it’s not correcting grammar or spelling mistakes, it’s not coming out perfectly or neatly on the page, it’s just coming out.  It’s three pages single spaced of what I like to call a morning purge or morning dump, because you just throw up on the page and let it flow.  In these past months, it’s become my therapy, self-care session for myself with myself.  It’s a place where I can be me, without trying to be anything else, I can also search for me.  I can make choices and not have anyone judging me telling me that it’s wrong.  I can talk myself off the ledge or push myself off the cliff.  I can talk with my ancestors, the universe and the answers flow right through me.  I can fall and the pages always catch me.  I’m always reminded that whatever we need, we already have, and what better way to put that into motion but to trust myself, question and answer myself, dig deep and dump.

And yeah, it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Cause what is perfect, but imperfection seen perfect in the eye of the beholder?

We danced the sidewalk clean…

I’ll admit, I was never a fan of The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans Is Sinking” was the only song of theirs that I connected to, but I respected them for what they contributed to the country.  It really wasn’t until I listened to The Strombo Show’s HIP30 tribute, where a diverse collection of artists from across Canada did their own takes on The Tragically Hip’s catalog, as a tribute to the band. I always find that hearing other people’s take on the music, other people who adore the music, a beautiful entrance into the music.  And I found that with this tribute.

This tribute was underway before the band made an announcement that their lead singer, Gord Downie was dying from brain cancer and the band would be doing a final tour across Canada.

I was honoured to be asked to put myself onto this song.  I always heard it swampy, like New Orleans.  I hope Gord & the band liked it when they heard it.

Unfortunately, Gord passed away October 17th, 2017.  But music, lives forever.  Thanks for everything, Gord.

peace, love, dirty rock & spirit guides,

SATE xo

So dirty…

And so the journey begins…

Warriors, I’m super excited to announce that I’m doing this second album with my badass sisterfriend, Hill Kourkoutis (The Weeknd, Serena Ryder). Hill and I have worked together for years. She’s played keys with me, she and I have co-written together for her own project – Hill & The Sky Heroes – and we wrote ‘Know My Name’ together (from RedBlack&Blue).

So here we go!  This month I’m in writing mode, writing with some incredible singer/songwriters.  And then back into the studio to record this baby.  I’ll be documenting my journey on Instagram and Facebook.

So (if you aren’t already) follow me there:

instagram @stateofsate | Facebook http://facebook.com/stateofSATE

peace, love, dirty rock & spirit guides,

SATE xo

Je Reviens

One last time before the year is done, I am returning to my other love, France, with the added bonus — Corsica! I’m really looking forward to catching a little beach time…fingers crossed.

Then when I get home, it’s all about the new album. And Warriors, I’m super excited about what’s unfolding, so stay tuned to my Instagram and Facebook for the journey.

Until then, I’ll be debuting a brand new song that I just finished writing with Kirt Godwin (my guitarist) and electro-pop singer/songwriter, Adaline, in Paris.

I have so much more to share with you, I can hardly contain it!

peace, love, dirty rock & spirit guides, my fierce and beautiful Warriors!

xo SATE

SATE x OBGMS

Tune in JULY 8 3:30 PM BST for the SATE x OBGMS takeover on RINSE FM as part of the AFROPUNK LONDON special.  Also featured, The Bots, Black Orchid, Petite Noir, and more!

RINSE FM http://www.rinse.fm

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J’ai deux amours…

Me and the boys are headed back to Europe!  We hit AFROPUNK Paris and London, plus PALEO Festival in Nyon, Switzerland and LOTT Festival in Raversbeuren, Germany, and more dates below…IMG_8411

SATE starring in FOR COLORED GIRLS at SOULPEPPER ONSTAGE UNTIL MAY 31ST!

unnamedThrough music, poetry and dance, seven women weave their stories of love, heartache, violence and joy into a powerful mosaic of the experiences of African-American women. This seminal work celebrates the power of reclaiming one’s voice.  Starring SATE,d’bi young anitafrika, Akosua Amo-Adem, Evangelia Kambites, Tamara Brown, Ordena Stephens-Thompson & Karen Glave.

 

PREVIEWS May 5th

OPENS May 11th

VISIT soulpepper.ca or CALL 416 866 8666 for tickets