As each of us travel through life’s proverbial galaxies, inevitably we realize we’re in search of some combination of sustenance and the sage. And the Seattle-based Afrofuturist musician, SassyBlack, provides both in sonic spades. The intergalactic-minded songwriter and producer, who’s traveled the world in performance, offers listeners a 007-style glint in her eye while displaying signature piano licks and drum kicks like a full banquet in her communicative soul.
A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Black, who
first started performing in clubs at 18, hit the public consciousness in 2008 with her hip-hop duo, THEESatisfaction, releasing two records on Sub Pop. Since, she has fostered a solo career, writing and producing all of her music and releasing 11 projects since 2015. With melodies often compared to Herbie Hancock and a voice often compared to Sarah Vaughan, Black has received acclaim from myriad publications, including Pitchfork, Noisey, Afropunk, SPIN and Essence.
With the gravity of a celestial body the gods themselves would fawn over, the artist released her third record, Ancient Mahogany Gold, fall of 2019. Black, who has shared stages with performers like Princess Nokia and Charles Bradley, has played popular summer festivals like Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW. And along with her music, which has been featured on the Adult Swim compilation, LUXE, her acting prowess has been featured on the HBO series, Vinyl, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. In short, she’s a modern day creative oracle.”