Sariyah Idan is a New York bred and New Orleans based independent singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, dancer, and educator. Jazz and folk trained, hip-hop educated, and influenced by both Latinx/Caribbean sounds and her Jewish roots, she is praised for her "ability to seamlessly combine a wide variety of disparate styles and sonics into a memorable sound all her own," (Tinnitist). She views honoring the sounds of both influences and ancestors as a form of cultural activism while her lyricism has been hailed as "powerful, soulful, spirited songs filled with stories of struggle, love and social justice" (Fusicology).
Sariyah’s music has featured on Pacifica and NPR stations, WWOZ, college and online radio platforms. She’s rocked iconic venues The Kennedy Center in DC, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC, PANDA Platforma in Berlin, regularly plays at the House of Blues in New Orleans and is the host/producer of monthly event Songs For The People at The Howlin’ Wolf. In 2019 she was a Virginia Giordono Memorial Fund Honoree for performances of her album “Breaking Shadows”, recorded in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Lisbon. Her new album “Glitter & Blood” releases in fall 2023.
A regular street performer in New Orleans she is often a fixture during evening ghost tours and is known among tour guides and locals as “the most hauntingly beautiful voice of New Orleans’ streets.” She proudly holds a BA in Arts & Social Change and an MFA in Music & Experimental Theater.
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