Reviews

"Sauda goes right back to the 20's of last Century for T'aint Nobody's Bizness, a big time hit for the most highly paid black artist of that time, Bessie Smith. In the 40's, Billie Holiday made a reprise in tribute to the lady who inspired her to put her feet firmly on the jazz road.

She has also selected other songs associated with Billie for her debut CD, the enigmatic God Bless the Child, Fine and Mellow and All of Me, recorded by Billie with Lester Young and Teddy Wilson in 1941. These she has complimented with other jazz legends, Thomas 'Fats' Waller's Ain't Misbehavin' and Nat King Cole whose version of Let There Be Love was a million selling hit in the 50's.

Sauda also sings her own jazz version of Malaika, one of the few Swahili songs to become and international hit and penned by the late Kenyan master guitarist and songsmith Fadhali Williams,

Tastefully added to this distinguished roll call of composers and lyricists, Sauda has included one of her own originals, Simply Nutty 'Bout My Guy.

She sings in a pared down, minimalist style, in the format most to her taste since she first grasped the microphone in her first Dublin bandstand."

Christopher Elkington
Music Critic
The Guardian and Sunday Observer
Sky FM Weekly Jazz Program

"A voice of smooth effervescence... a fuller bodied Sade."

Joan MinorJoan Minor Jazz Singer
New York/Paris

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