Watch Saycon live at 54 Below

Check out this video footage of my August 13th Concert at 54 Below! I’m Saycon Sengbloh and I love to entertain, be it acting or singing please enjoy these clips. Scroll down for list of full band and singers below:

I’m Here [From the Color Purple]

Mama’s House / I Can’t Stand the Rain

The Band:

Lead Vocals- Saycon Sengbloh

Piano- Andre “Chez” Lewis,  Vocals- Stephanie Fischer,  Vocals- Christin Amena

Drums- Alex Durant,  Bass- Marcus Reddick,  Guitar- David Rosenthal

Associate: Tim Yates          Assistant: Darius Bradley

 Many  thanks to Eric Perl for video and editing!

Saycon Sengbloh Single “Everything” Available CDbaby, iTunes, & Amazon

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Saul Williams & Joshua Boone Hot 97 with Ebro in the Morning

This morning we had a cool moment in hip-hop Saul Williams and Joshua Boone interviewing with Ebro in the morning on Hot 97 in New York City.

Click and get tickets with our code: TELE for 40% off  to see Holler If Ya Hear Me see this story that uses Tupac Shakur’s music to enhance the story, its a real theatre experience.

http://HollerIfYaHearMe.com

DISCUSSING TUPAC: WATCH NOW

This panel featured : Saul Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, Kenny Leon, and Marcyliena Morgan and audience questions.. all about TUPAC, POP CULTURE, & BROADWAY PRODUCTION

Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon, Saul Williams, producer Jessica Green, and Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of Harvard’s HipHop Archive, for an in-depth discussion about this groundbreaking production Holler If Ya Hear Me.  Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor at Lehigh University, will moderate.  The music of Tupac Shakur blazes to life on Broadway in the new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me . It is at once a love story and an un-retouched picture of life in the streets. The cast of 22 includes Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, Dyllon Burnside and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins.If you didn’t get to see this discussion on the play Holler If Ya Hear Me check it out below .

Saycon Sengbloh Covers I Got Next Magazine

 

Saycon Sengbloh covers I Got Next Magazine

Saycon Sengbloh covers I Got Next Magazine

“I Got Next” Magazine cover photography by Preston W. Dugger

Saycon Sengbloh performing live at DROM December 2013

 

“Be Here” singer Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine in Holler if Ya Hear Me

Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine and Saul Williams plays John in Holler If Ya Hear Me

Saycon Sengbloh plays Corrine and Saul Williams plays John in Holler If Ya Hear Me              Photo: Jennifer Broski

 

 

 

Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me Photo: Jennifer Broski

Cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me Photo: Jennifer Broski

 

Man oh man life brings you surprises… You never know what God has in store. Here it is 2014, I haven’t blogged in a while, I’ve been busy ya’ll: On the literary tip I’m reading TD Jakes, “Instinct” highly recommended by my girl, Joaquina and rehearsing and learning so much about myself and life. Just celebrated another Mother’s Day away from my beautiful Mom who lives in Atlanta, but she’s good and I am certainly thankful for life and breath. 2014 has brought exciting moments in my career that have in some ways renewed my self perception, my level of belief and ambition.  I was able to record some music and release a single and music video for my song Be Here. I shot a television pilot in February, 3 weeks ago I left the show, Motown the Musical, and now here I am taking part in the new hip-hop infused show, “Holler If Ya Hear Me” written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon. The process is exciting and intense, and we are performing the beautiful & very real lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Everyone asks if the show is about Tupac, well the answer is no, its not an autobiographical show, BUT by using his songs and poetry, Todd Kreidler has put together a story that absolutely draws from the ideals and subject matter expressed in his music. Holler If Ya Hear Me stars Saul Williams and is about a young man and artist dealing with change, changes in his relationships, his community and life as he knew it to be, life can be cruel, deep, & exciting . First & foremost Tupac was a story teller and he created great imagery with his lyrics and we are bringing those lyrics to life with songs like “Dear Momma”, “Changes”, and “My Block”. Not to mention his poetry is getting the royal treatment, (as it should) introducing a new audience to Tupac’s representative tongue presenting the plight of the disenfranchised youth simultaneously promoting his wisdom and wild ways. Don’t want to give it away, you must come in person to see the story and see how this city block is brought to life on the Broadway stage! Check out the clips of us in rehearsal below:

 

Holler If Ya Hear Me In 2014

“Through every dark night, there’s a bright day.” – Tupac Shakur

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HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

a new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur

written by Todd Kreidler

directed by Kenny Leon

opens June 19, 2014

at the Palace Theatre on Broadway

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, written by Todd Kreidler, directed by Kenny Leon, will begin performances on June 2, 2014 and open June 19, 2014 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway at 47th Street).

 

Casting and ticketing information will be announced soon.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, the world inside Tupac Shakur’s music and lyrics, blazes to life in a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope. Inner city lives struggle for peace against the daily challenges they face in this entertaining original musical. Through the poetry of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices, we are given a window into realities of the streets still relevant today..

 I grew up in Atlanta where director, Kenny Leon, was a leader in theater, over the years I’ve watched him stake a claim in both theater and television.  So its exciting to see these words brought to life with Leon’s critical eye, his respect for Tupac’s legacy and his personal experiences as an African- American man to inspire this story and direction.

Joining director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun [2004 and 2014], Fences [2010], The Mountaintop) and author Todd Kreidler (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and direction of How I Learned What I Learned), on the creative team are Tony Award® winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed…[1995], AIDA, Sweet Charity [2004]), and musical supervisor Daryl Waters (Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, The Color Purple, Memphis).

 

The design team includes sets and video by Tony Award® winner David Gallo (The Mountaintop, The Drowsy Chaperone, Memphis), costumes by Reggie Ray (Stick Fly), lighting by Mike Baldassari (Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret [1998], Nine [movie]) and sound by John Shivers and David Patridge.

 

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME is produced on Broadway by Afeni Shakur, Eric L. Gold, Chunsoo Shin and Jessica Green.  General Manager is Richard Martini   for KL Management.

 

www.HollerIfYaHearMe.com

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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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SAYCON LIVE at Drom!

SayconSengbloh-8367-Edit-EditDecember 16th Saycon sings live at Drom! After loads of hard work and sleepless nights I am ready to sing my new song to the masses! Just in time for the holiday season: “Be Here” is coming! Come hear it live at my upcoming concert at Drom on Monday  December 16th located in the East Village 85 Avenue A between 5th and 6th streets. The band the music the food will be hot to keep you warm inside after doing all that good Christmas shopping! I’m so excited to share this music with you and I thank you for your continued support! SAVE THE DATE and I’ll see you there!

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Currently seen nightly in Motown the Musical, Saycon was featured as Sandra Izsadore in Fela!, a show about the life & music of Fela Kuti and she is involved with the development of the hip-hop fused production, “Holler If You Hear Me” featuring the music & poetry of Tupac Shakur.She previously released the Southern Pin-Up EP featuring her remake of “It Was a Very Good Year” and original tune “Possible” and was featured on “Serge Negri presents The Warrior EP” featuring the songs “Sorrow, tears, and Blood” and the soulful house version of “Warrior”. Originally from Atlanta, GA this southern soul singer inspired by Tina Turner, Prince, and Bill Withers, puts a tender touch on some of your favorite tunes and debuts new music from her forthcoming album, including the new single, “Be Here”, a ballad simple and lush. Come out to Drom to enjoy the Saycon experience, see what folks have been saying for years.

Nelson Mandela: Madiba

Nelson Mandela statesman, world citizen

Nelson Mandela statesman, world citizen

I am at a loss for words, in this same year that  I have lost my beloved physical grandmother, Miss Susie May Jackson, I just heard on the news that “Madiba”, my spiritual grandfather, Nelson Rolilahla Mandela. The news was not a complete shock due to his waning health but it is deeply saddening. A great deal of my life as a teenager was spent learning about Nelson Mandela, and having not known any grandfather, paternally or maternally, I secretly carried him in my heart as the grandfather I never knew. His passion and political career and life has served as an inspiration to me and countless others over the years. The true example of passion and unrelenting commitment,  In fact, me and my cohorts had an obsessive focus on South Africa as kids studying Apartheid and Nelson Mandela and studying the great changes that took place in that country from the 70’s- late 80’s. As a theatre student and member of the Freddie Hendricks’ Youth Ensemble of Atlanta,also known as Y.E.A. I can still hear the voice of Michael “Sahr” Ngaujah  yelling Amandla! Long before we starred together in Broadway’s Fela!,  we, and many others, portrayed the young South African students who struggled in their fight against Apartheid in some of the earliest productions of “Soweto! Soweto! A Township Is Calling!” with Y.E.A.

Saycon Sengbloh teen actress

Saycon Sengbloh and cast of Freddie Hendricks’s Youth Ensemble “Soweto! Soweto! A Township is Calling”

As a child of a Liberian father I saw very few African stars on television, but I saw Nelson Mandela walk from prison after 27 years of captivity, a star indeed. Every year just around the time for school Turner Broadcast the mini-series, Shaka Zulu about a great South African warrior king who reigned tall above tyranny from his own people and from foreigners alike. Mandela was a great warrior king and first black president of that nation. Next to my own Liberia, the South African story has fascinated me to no end! Seeing and learning about Nelson and Winnie Mandela helped with my own appreciation and pride in my African heritage, as children can be cruel I was often isolated by my name. My African pride was seeded more deeply as I watched in 1990 as apartheid was abolished much like the ending of segregation had occurred so many years before in the United States. It is with great pride that I honor the life of Madiba! Nelson Mandela!!! #Amandla