May 2 2016 – We’ve been big fans of SATE since we first caught her a couple times last year, both times at the Bovine. SATE made our Top 10 of the year last year based on those performances. SATE is Saidah Baba Taliban rebranded and focused on dirty, gritty blues rock. SATE is an up and coming star and one has to believe there are multiple Junos in her future. Her appeal crosses genres and while she plays fierce, sweaty blues now, her soul and funk background gives a rare depth of sound.
SATE always puts on great shows and is a joy to photograph. Her passionate performances makes one over estimate one’s capabilities in that area. It’s not always so easy to get great shots but with SATE, the hard part is choosing which great shots not to use. And it’s just her but her whole backing band is sick. Guitarist Kurt Godwin drives the band with huge wide grooves you could drive a truck through.
Back in March we got a chance to interview SATE and catch a short set at the Mod Club for an Ontario Media Development Corp showcase. Then a few weeks later T-Mak World was lucky enough to catch SATE again at CBC’s studio on Front Street for a full set where she played songs off her about to be released debut album RedBlack&Blue. Judging by what we heard, it’s going to be a huge success.
For those that missed it, and since it was a small, invitation only audience, that’s just about everyone, the show was recorded and can be watched at CBC FirstPlay here.
SATE’s show at CMW is at Lee’s Palace on Wednesday, May 4th at 8 pm and gets our highest, must see recommendations of CMW.
Thanks to JASON SCHNEIDER MEDIA for the photographs.
What Did I Do
Know My Name
If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up (Betty Davis cover)
Mama Talk To Me
Live On Your Love