Meryem Saci

Meryem Saci

Meryem Saci is a singer, songwriter and emcee with a vibrant vocal range that reflects the diverse influences of her upbringing. She commands the stage with her powerful voice, and eclectic fusion of sounds ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Soul/jazz, Reggae to celebrating resilience with primal, high energy Afro-Arabian rhythms.

Meryem explores ways to reflect in her sound the connexion with traditional instruments and digital production. She likes to work with beat-makers and bring in musicians to add an authentic sound to the digital base.

Vocally influenced by Old School Soul/R&B artists like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey and new school artists like Jazmine Sullivan, HER, SIR, Alabama Shakes... Forever in love with native rhythms from North and West Africa While being completely immersed in Old School Hip Hop and the new waves of trap music. Between Raps and melodies, English, French and arabic, she serenades and shares her soul sincerely.

Lead singer of the multilingual super group Nomadic Massive , which has been voted as the top hip hop act in Montreal for five years in a row. The group has opened for Mos Def, Deltron 3030, Wyclef Jean, Public Enemy and Busta Rhymes to name a few. They have been touring France, Spain and Canada extensively in the past 3 years and are about to release a new EP to support the coming tours. Meryem has performed internationally both with Nomadic Massive, The Narcicyst and as a solo artist in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin and North America.

Meryem’s solo project, On My Way , is an introduction to her diverse sonic universe as an artist seeking refuge, guidance and solace in music. The mixtape, co-produced with composer and producer Mario Sevigny , is infused with first account stories of love, determination, struggle, social commentary and displacement. The project came together organically, creating an upbeat, fun and moving sound that bridges influences from both sides of the atlantic.

Meryem was featured on IAM's latest Album "Rêvolution" on the song "Bien plus beau " that was selected as the official soundtrack for the Netflix Marvel Original “Iron Fist “.

As a solo artist, her title song “On My Way” was featured in Lululemon’s and Dynamite ad campaigns of 2017 along with “Concrete Jungle” and “Empire Fall” . Also, Meryem’s music was also featured on a few TV Series including the Hit Show ‘The Art of More’. She was invited to present her new solo project upon release at the Montreal international Jazz Festival 2017.

Meryem is a passionate changemaker and remains actively involved with different community and charity events, performing and hosting writing workshops at Canadian and American high schools and universities. She is frequently invited as a speaker to talk about her experiences as a refugee and an artist .

Shows

Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Kickoff Show!
Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 19th 4pm - 10pm
Free
*This show is FREE, Fully licensed and all-ages!*

We're hitting the ground running for our 20th birthday with another packed FREE, all-ages show for our Ska & Reggae Massive. We wanted to get things started in seriously rhythmic style so we packed Night 1 with those good, good grooves – ska, reggae, hip-hop, soul and funk are all here to help us get our bodies moving and the blood flowing.

Headlining this kickoff extravaganza is Victoria's one and only hip-hop/soul orchestra THE LEG-UP PROGRAM. A true original, this 16-piece funk/soul/hip-hop behemoth is one of the city's most reliable sources of grooves and great musicianship. Fresh off the release of their debut album, you can bet that they're gonna be even more full of energy than usual. Coming from Montreal is phenomenally talented singer and rapper, MERYEM SACI. A member of Montreal's hip-hop gurus Nomadic Massive, Saci's own music is a soulful celebration that mixes hip-hop, r&b, soul, afrobeat and reggae into a potent groove cocktail.

We are also proud to welcome back from California our longtime friends BURNT. With the return of One Drop (on Saturday, June 22), having Burnt back on the festival is a special treat. We helped One Drop and Burnt find each other with My Space (!!!) while trying to find a band to trade California and BC shows. The trade was a rousing success and a lifelong friendship was born. Burnt is a serious part of our Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest history and having them back for our 20th is big! The honour of kicking everything off this year as they take the stage first, is Vancouver 9-piece ska/reggae monster BREHDREN. After opening up for The Slackers in Vancouver this past winter, we pegged these cats as a group that needed to part of Year 20! And last but certainly not least, one of our favourite selectors of all-time, DJ Anger will be on the decks holding it down and keeping things bouncy between sets.

*Don't forget to grab tickets for Dub Pistols (DJ set),Mat the Alien and Greenlaw at Distrikt (19+) right after the harbour and cap night one off proper!*