Shakura S'Aida
Shakura S'Aida Take an portion of Southern Baptist, flavour it with a drop of Brooklyn, stir in a spoonful of Swiss chocolate, and you've created a powerhouse singing sensation: Shakura S'Aida, who started off 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the 2nd runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries. Calling both Switzerland and Canada home since leaving the U.S. when she was eight years old, Shukura is known for her soulful voice and enthusiastic personality. Her credits range from the musical stage with roles in such productions as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Momma, I Want to Sing," to some of the most noted stages in the jazz world. She has performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York and has been nominated three times by the Toronto Blues Society as the Maple Blues "Female Vocalist of the Year" (2004/2005/2008); she was also nominated as Entertainer of the Year for the 2008 Awards.