Asides from music sensations and viral memes, the internet is a home to many havens for marginalized groups. Through her uplifting lyrics and vibrant visuals, 21-year-old singer-songwriter Saie has managed to cultivate a haven for black girls and women. The singer-songwriter is based in London, but has cultural heritage in Sierra Leone. Following the release of her song ‘Blackness’, Saie has manifested a sisterhood which celebrates black girl magic. The record carries a timeless message to stand in your truth no matter how hard society tries to shape and tame you. Saie is unapologetic in her approach, and her confidence in the video is magnetic, as she sings about ‘feeling so strong in my blackness’, in a rich and nostalgic tone. Through her music Saie proves that she isn’t interested in following patterns that are already formed, but is instead working to carve out her own space in the industry. With her perfectly picked afro, effortless style and conscious spirit that is aware of her offering to the world, it would be foolish to doubt her.
We thank you Saie for standing in your truth and contributing your gift to the world, we hope you continue to create uplifting magic.
It’s not that its important to me to be unapologetic I have NO choice but to be because there is NO way I am not going to enjoy my beauty and fulfil my purpose on this earth.
When did you decide to pursuit music as a career?
I decided to pursue music as a career when I was 15 years old, after I got over the embarrassment of wanting something that I felt was so cliché, I said to myself just face it Saie, being an artist is all you’ve ever wanted to do so go and get it!
How did you nurture your gift from a young age to turn it into the skill it is today?
I didn’t intentionally nurture my gift from a young age due to a lack of opportunities but I will say that my love for music and self expression nurtured itself somehow and only now am I beginning to nurture my gift with the hopes of becoming a master of my “thing.”
The video for ‘Blackness’ is packed with beautiful and striking visuals. Tell us about the creative direction behind the video.
Thank you, I really appreciate your appreciation for the video. The creative direction behind the visual was based upon my desire to be a confidence booster for all the gorgeous black girls who haven’t yet come to self realisation. So I tried to capture some attributes that we posses – SOUL, BEAUTY, GRACE & CHARM.
The brightness of the video, the use of colour and the little dance moves symbolise in some way The Soul. My choice to wear an afro was to show the natural beauty we posses just by simply being ourselves. I also tried to touch on the topic of black love by collaborating with Chris (The male model in the video) just because I personally desire to see more of it, I thought it would feed others visually. I don’t want to bore you with the details but I’m also an advocate for healthy eating which is why I wanted to include the fruits and calling my two friends to be in the video just to again, feed others with the image of sisterhood. That is the purpose of my visuals to feed melanated beings using aesthetics as well to feed myself.
I just want to be engraved in everyone’s heart as a light and comforter in their dark times, as well as that boost people need when its time to fight for justice and get what belongs to them.
The song ‘Blackness’ is an uplifting celebration of black girl magic. How important is it for you to be unapologetic in your blackness?
Well in general being unapologetic is something I am currently striving for as its been a journey. I like the idea of peace and in society being unapologetic has a scent of rebelliousness attached to it. But when it comes to my blackness I don’t play any games, I will take the rebellious title any day because my “blackness” is deeply infused with my essence. So its not that its important to me to be unapologetic I have NO choice but to be because there is NO way I am not going to enjoy my beauty and fulfil my purpose on this earth as others are intimidated by what I possess or do not understand it and I want other girls to feel this way too.
Congratulations on your recent partnering with GUAP magazine! Talk to us about how that came about.
Thank you! Well one of the founders of the magazine Jide Adetunji spotted me online and reached out to me, we had a meeting and the vibe was just right and now he is my manager!
Just take the time out to observe yourself and become your own mentor, basically take yourself as an A-Level.
Let’s take it 50 years into the future! What is one thing you would like to be remembered as?
In all honesty, I just want to be engraved in everyone’s heart as a light and comforter in their dark times, as well as that boost people need when its time to fight for justice and get what belongs to them. I guess overall I would love to be a spirit that people can call upon when they need it.
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What advice would you give young girls who are still trying to find their confidence and their voice?
I’m not sure where to begin there’s so much that needs to be discussed, but something that would be useful is for girls and boys to just study themselves, watch their habits. How often do you go on Social media? How does it make you feel? What Triggers you? What makes you happy? What feeds your insecurity? When do I like myself the most? How does your relationship with your parent(s) influence your behaviour in romantic relationships? Just take the time out to observe yourself and become your own mentor, basically take yourself as an A-Level.
Do you have any upcoming projects we can look out for?
Well I am about to get cracking on my first EP entitled The AfroRomantic: GENESIS as well as gigging around! So look out for me on social media to stay updated, because honestly nothing goes to plan! So online is the best way to see what I’m up too!