Jazz trained, hip-hop educated and influenced by her Jewish roots, Sariyah Idan embodies fiery sensuality rooted in cultural, social and verbal poetry. As a lyricist she reveals personal and societal experiences of patriarchy while celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. A New York bred and Los Angeles based independent singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she believes in the respectful and authentic merging of cultural genres to create vibrational and social transformation. Ms Idan’s evocative style is influenced by soul and reggae’s spiritually political groove, the resiliency in jazz, the celebratory culture mix of Latin styles, hip-hop’s wisdom of overstanding and the sounds of her Jewish ancestry. Her lyricism is inspired by both intimidate personal experience and deep engagement with issues of the day. With a passion for ethnomusicology and social movements, Ms Idan intentionally mixes multiple genres not simply as a sonic tapestry of her environment but also as an expression of social activism and is indebted to her mentors, including Melanie DeMore, for guiding her in this practice. Her understanding of world culture began at age twelve as a touring dancer and singer with world music and dance ensemble The Vanaver Caravan. She has shared stages with legends and mentors Pete Seeger, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Yusef Lateef as well as recordings with Marcia Griffiths and Caron Wheeler on Dubblstandat’s album Woman In Dub. Fusicology reviewed the release of her debut solo EP Deeper Than Skin in December 2014 as “powerful, soulful, spirited songs filled with stories of joy, struggle, love and social justice”. In 2015 Sariyah released her NOT AFRAID Mixtape, including collaborations with MCs Dumi RIGHT (Zimbabwe Legit & Great Mindz) and Mikal Amin (f.k.a Hired Gun), Issahcar Production out of Kingston Jamaica and producer D-Felic out of The Hague Netherlands. Sariyah also features as singer-songwriter on “Where Will I Go on Haj i Ji’s EP “Reports of My Demise”.
LIVE SHOW BOOKINGS
Sariyah is available for bookings at venues and events. Her band ranges from a small acoustic ensemble, a full band or a 2 person DJ soundsystem act. Size and style of arrangement depends on the type of venue and budget. Sariyah is always available as guest aa vocalist and lyricist for live shows and recordings with other artists.