Many have understood the meaning of Sankofa, but Ms Sydni Marie has taken it a step further. Sydni embraces the movement and new learning that comes with time passing, but, in the same way this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must NEVER be forgotten. This understanding is translated and sung clearly and truthfully in her debut EP “Sankofa,” which takes her experiences, good and bad, and shares them with no regrets and no pretense about those lessons having developed her into the person she is today. That person is cleverly displayed through her lyrics, her art, and her honesty through her BRAVE recognition of self.
Born into a family of accomplished musicians, while also being raised in an area flooding with amazing artists (Washington, DC), Sydni can’t deny all of the musical influences that crept into her soul with no warning and, yet, became a refuge of expression/a peacefulness to her soul. She’ll never regret slowly and delicately stepping into the world of an Indie artist after years of being an amazing vocalist performing with many bands in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (USA) area. Introduced at an early age to a diverse range of music and musicians, her melodic journey included regular performances at many of DC’s hot spots with some of the area’s finest musicians, who invited her to sing.
It only took a small nudge to turn this vocalist into a full-blown artist after she participated in the 2014 Christmas Indie Soul Project as a featured artist produced by her Indie Soul Sista and current executive producer, Ms Gwendolyn Collins. Being in the studio, in front of the microphone, in a dimly lit room, Sydni found and delivered a personal joy and a “Sankofa” moment that could no longer be sacrificed. A very short time after finding her “Sankofa,” Sydni Marie began writing her own material and released her first single “Midnight Til Morning.” This was a true testament of understanding the past and using those memories to create art in the present and to forecast the magic yet to come. In June of 2015, Sydni Marie released her second single, a remake of the classic Angela Winbush Treat U Right, which immediately perked the ears of DJs in the states and abroad, leading to a UK Soul Chart and Independent Breaking Artist top 20 placement. Sydni’s debut EP is due to be released by Indie Artist Label "Independent Harmony Entertainment" in early 2016..
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~”Music is my refuge, soothing and healing to my soul….”Sankofa” ~SydniMarie