Actresses Unite: Saycon Sengbloh, Lupita Nyong’o, Zainab Jah, Pascale Armand, & Akosua Busia

Clockwise from upper left Saycon Sengbloh, Lupita Nyong'o, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Pascale Armand.

Clockwise from upper left Saycon Sengbloh, Lupita Nyong’o, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, and Pascale Armand.

New York City will get its chance to see Danai Gurira’s play “ECLIPSED”, uniting a group of actresses who’s passion and talent is exceptional. Making its NYC debut on my old stomping grounds, the Public Theater. Join me this fall as I join these beautiful actresses in a play that explores the treacherous lives of several women during the Liberian civil war: to be a war bride, a soldier, a casualty of the war. As a woman of both American and Liberian heritage this topic is particularly poignant and meaningful for me. Having just done, Marley at Centerstage, submerging myself in Jamaican culture, I’m ready to dive into this difficult portion of Liberian history. Honestly, I’m continuing my connection to the diaspora I am personally honored to join these women: Zainab Jah (Hamlet,Ruined), Akosua Busia (The Color Purple, E.R), Pascale Armand (The Convert, S.H.I.E.L.D.), myself, Saycon Sengbloh (Fela, Marley) ,and last but certainly not least Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Star Wars).  The play is written by actress  Danai Gurira  of the Walking Dead, and  will be directed by Liesl Tommy (Informed Consent). This year has been amazing thus far and I look forward to more, I’m looking forward to sharing the Eclipsed performances with my friends and family, especially my mom, and meeting new people through this show. Amen! For more info on how to get tickets to see ECLIPSED

SAYCON SENGBLOH For Your Consideration: Grammy: Traditional R&B

Saycon Sengbloh is on the 57th Grammy Ballot for Best Traditional R&B Song

Saycon Sengbloh is on the 57th Grammy Ballot for Best Traditional R&B Song

Dear Recording Academy:

Kind thanks to the Voting Members of the Recording Academy for your consideration. Saycon Sengbloh is on the ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Traditional R&B! First round ballots are due November 5th.

Now Streaming “Be Here” by Saycon Sengbloh for your consideration: Saycon Sengbloh (vocals), Jason Michael Webb (piano), & Jonathan Dinklage (Viola/Violin)

Now Streaming “Everything” by Saycon Sengbloh for your consideration : Saycon Sengbloh (vocals), Jason Michael Webb (piano), Konrad Adderley (bass), Les Cleveland (drums), & Dave Rosenthal (guitar)

Sengbloh on ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards

Saycon Sengbloh on 1st round ballot for 57th Annual Grammy Awards

As an independent artist, you may or may not be privy to Saycon’s career in the arts read below to learn more! Sengbloh was previously featured on songs in Grammy nominated recordings listed below:

Motown the Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead female vocalist on “Get Ready / Dancing In the Streets”

Fela!: Original Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead female vocalist through out the album including “Upside Down” & “Water No Get Enemy”

Hair: The New Broadway Cast Recording

*Saycon Sengbloh is lead vocalist on “Four Score/Abie Baby”

Want to learn more about Saycon visit Official Website or read below:
Saycon Sengbloh was born in Atlanta, GA. to an American mother and Liberian father.  She has been a featured actress and vocalist in the newest generation of contemporary shows on Broadway and off-Broadway, embracing a new sound of pop, rock, & soul music and production including Rent, Oprah Winfrey’s the Color Purple the musical, Disney’s Aida, the new revival of Hair, Wicked, Hurt Village, & also the first Afro-beat musical, Fela! where she starred as the delicious Sandra Iszadore. She was photographed and named one of the hottest up and coming acts in the annual juice issue of VIBE magazine. “Fela!” the musical won several Tony awards! Saycon sings on the Grammy nominated soundtracks for “Fela!”, “Hair”, “Motown the Musical” and also provided backing vocals on the soundtrack for the Julie Taymore film “Across the Universe”. The ever versatile actress brings hip-hop to Broadway in Tupac Shakur production “Holler If Ya Hear Me” including Saycon Sengbloh as a muse and rapper to a new generation of theater fans. She began performing as a kid in plays and musicals at Tri-Cities School for Visual and Performing Arts and attended Agnes Scott College and has been seen in commercials, print ads, and on the cover of the New York Times Best seller: “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Connie Brisco. After numerous productions with the Freddie Hendrick’s Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. She has worked with directors Kenny Leon, Michael Greif, Charles Randolph-Wright, & Tyler Perry among others. She is very proud to have appeared in the films of female directors Julie Dash and Julie Taymore. Saycon Sengbloh has a cult following among New York theatre fans as the first woman of African descent to perform the role of Elphaba the Wicked witch of the West in Universal’s hugely popular musical “Wicked” and as an indie music artist and songwriter she has released several songs available online and music videos including, “Be Here”, “Warrior” and “Possible”.

Saycon Sengbloh: BE HERE on CDbaby

First stop CD baby! Like the little engine that could I keep on trucking! Finally after a long journey, Be Here, a lush piano ballad for warming hearts,  has made it to its first online retailer! Get it on CDbaby.com and stay tuned as it reaches more digital distributors! What’s next for Be Here by Saycon? ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more!

BE HERE Saycon

Saycon Sengbloh Full Interview on ARISE TV

As I prepare for my upcoming, “Live at Drom” concert to promote my single, “Be Here” I have had a one of the most awesome opportunities, an interview on the world-wide network, ARISE. This interview was amazing, I went there to discuss my role in Motown the Musical and also to tell them about my new single release, Be Here. I was a little nervous but the hosts of the show were fun and seemed to be genuinely into it. I saw several people I know working there including my friend Cece. These types of interviews are few and far between but I was able to talk about my music and my career and introduce it to a whole new audience. This is priceless for an independent artist like myself. I hope to have a great relationship with them and I look forward to going back to sing on the Arise.tv/entertainment show. That would be beautiful ya know?

7Saycon on Arise TV

 

If you’re following this  blog please know that you are one of the people who knows what its like to be an independent artist, perhaps you read the blogs I’ve written in the past, all we seek is a platform. Motown has been a wonderful platform and I look forward to seeing what else comes of these endeavors. Look for my song Be Here online and ask me about dropcards  or CD’s whenever you see me in person!

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Young African Queens of the Diaspora: a playlist for you

I dare you to broaden your minds! Young African Queens of the Diaspora are here! Well, the latest playlist that is! Listen to something new for a minute or 1 hour :) In support of indie artists and musicians everywhere and divas of the African diaspora: English speaking, Spanish speaking, and those of various African or European languages are all on this short list together.  I put a new Youtube playlist together to listen to while I write.  Actually, many of the artists added to this playlist are not new, many of them have a huge following outside of the US but if you’re anything like me you may find yourself listening to America’s top 40 constantly and just might enjoy listening or learning about other artists you haven’t heard before. So I went on a search on Youtube, this playlist consists of what I’ve found. Start listening now!

Now not to confuse or leave anyone out this 1st list consists of female artists who are new to me and perhaps new on the landscape of music in the last few years, I could of course populate a list with beautiful queens like Angelique Kidjo, Miriam Makeba, and Celia Cruz. But this list is something different. Please hit me with more names of artists who fit this title I learn something new everyday and look forward to hearing from you guys. The Ask Saycon page is there for questions.  Click the link to listen while you work. As a kid I’ve always had a fascination with maps imagine all the musicians of the African diapora making music throughout the world and check out a list of names below:

Rand McNally World Map

Click this map to start the “Young Queens of the African Diaspora” video playlist!

 

Peep the names listed below:

Becca

Zahara

Saycon

Nneka

Tiwa Savage

Abena Koomson

Elasea Dougla

Fatoumata Diawara

Asa

Buika

Imany

Christine Horn

Shingai Shoniwa ( of the Noissetes)

Suzanna Lubrano

Emeli Sande

 

Liberia: Children’s Law Guarantees Rights of Children

This information is a few months old to some but new to me and I’m happy to hear it, read it, and pronounce it on SayconTalks.blogspot.com. Celebrating the children of Liberia. A law has been passed to make it imperative thtat the children of Liberia be protected, and allowed to flourish and grow! Making education and rather than juvenile labor a mandated priority for all Liberian children, bettering the quality of their lives. I’ve attached a video that talks all about it featuring Liberia’s president, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. I hope to learn more about this law in the days to come and I hope that it is effectively practiced and followed.

Please take a look at the UNICEF youtube video featuring highlights from that day,  here!

Also for more information visit http://www.unicef.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtOOWjEEFk (copy & paste link here if needed)

Fashion Week : Korto Momolu

Saycon Sengbloh and Fashion designer Korto Momolu Photo used by permission.
photos courtesy of Saycon Sengbloh

Ooooooh weee! Fashion! Fashion! Fashion! David Bowie said it best… Sometimes I have a week where I’m just fashion crazed and this was one of them! I attended he show by the fabulous Korto Momolu. The show was elegant and sophisticated, I loved it! Pics from the night are here! After waiting forever I finally got a photo with the Liberian designer, the L’s we’re making in the photo are for “Liberia!!!” The goodie bag was  amazing as well complete with hair products, jewelry, a t-shirt and a box of Cheerios!  I gotta celebrate Korto Momolu’s promotion with Cheerios to help feed local hungry! Good stuff! PS-I was rocking the colorblock craze everyone’s been into, not sure if it worked for me with the extra shiny hair but I liked the outfit when I bought it LOL. Muah!

http://www.hautefashionafrica.com/2012/09/08/new-york-fashion-week-springsummer-2013-day-2-korto-momolu/

Technology for Liberia

Preparing Liberia for success in the new millenium, I had the honor to lend my voice and energy to a cause very dear to my heart! We are seeking to make the technological infrastructure of Liberia and access to the internet a commonplace resource through out the land. Many thanks to sis Matu Saye for inviting me and treating me to top notch acommodations during this wonderful event. The band SidebySol was a gift of Philly soul to my ears. I enjoyed many of the best singers in Philly that night, and I closed the show out with my set.We jammed at the African-American Museum in Philadephia, PA. I was Liberian princess for a day! Liberian hugs and kisses yall! Please visit http://Technologyforliberia.com to make a monetary or technological contribution today.

Liberian-American Covergirl: They Say! I Say! We Say!

Photo by Phylis Kwentoh used by permission

Hey family please check out the new digital magazine and blog, “They Say, I Say, We Say” dedicated to Liberian fashion, future, and politics! I’m on the cover of the November issue.

Click to see the magazine and article here (remember to click the link in the new window) :theysayisaywesay-second-issue2

Check out the direct link to the They Say I Say We Say magazine website!

Saycon

 

Macdella Cooper Foundation Luncheon


There’s no time like the present to make plans and I’ve been making big ones. One of the most exciting ventures I see coming forward will be more work with the Macdella Cooper foundation. I met Macdella Cooper a few months ago and performed in her La’Africana program a fundraiser for her school located in Liberia, West Africa. And god willing there will be more. Thanks to some really great artists who are lending their time, skill, and patience I will soon be presenting new songs, new music videos, and more live performances in the weeks and months to come. On a day that included meetings with all of them I started off at a small luncheon that featured some amzing people who intend to make change, each in his/her own way in Africa.

http://macdellacooper.org/

Isaach De Bankole (world renown Actor & Model)

Zelma Davis (international pop Singer, Dancer & Performer)

Georgie Badiel (international Fashion Model & Goodwill Ambassador)

Saycon Sengbloh ( broadway Actress, Singer & Dancer)

Mariama Mounir Petrolawicz (Model & Activist)

Danny Soto (Dancer & Educator)