Toronto’s Shakura S’Aida discusses capturing a ‘Her Music Award’ from the SOCAN Foundation

Toronto, Ontario’s Shakura S’Aida was recently unveiled as one of the grand prize recipients of the The SOCAN Foundation’s Her Music Awards, presented by Anthem Entertainment.

The awards honour the outstanding contributions of female-identifying Canadian music creators and showcase S’Aida’s artistry.

SWOMP had the opportunity to speak with S’Aida about the award. Listen to the full interview, below:

“I am deeply honoured to be one of the Her Music Award recipients alongside LU KALA,” S’Aida said in a media release.

“I have been an independent female artist in the music industry for over 40 years and I have often felt the need to adapt to shifts and changes of the times in order to find success; how wonderful to be acknowledged and received recognition at a time when I have finally chosen to stand strong in authenticity without fear of failure. I am so grateful for the encouragement from my peers that tells me that I am on the right track and that I am not alone on my journey.”

S’Aida’s distinguished career spans over two decades, captivating audiences worldwide with her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence.

From her acclaimed tribute to Nina Simone in “The Nina Project” to her memorable roles on hit series like Schitt’s Creek and Batwoman, Shakura’s versatility knows no bounds.

Her latest album Hold on to Love, produced in collaboration with industry luminaries, recently earned her the 2023 Folk Music Ontario Award for Album of the Year and a 2023 JUNO Award nomination in the Contemporary Roots Category.

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