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Salome Bey

Salome Bey

Canadian actor and singer
Salome Bey
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Intro Canadian actor and singer
Is Singer Jazz musician Actor Songwriter
From Canada
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 1939, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Age 81 years
Family
Siblings: Andy Bey
Awards
Member of the Order of Canada  
Dora Mavor Moore Award  
Obie Award  
Genre:
Soul music
Blues
Instruments:
Voice
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Biography

Salome Bey (born October 10, 1933) is an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who has lived in Toronto, Ontario since 1966. In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.

Biography

Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters, performing in local clubs and touring North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as "Canada's First Lady of Blues". Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo - which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.

Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She received the Toronto Arts Award for her contributions to the performing arts in 1992, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for lifetime achievement from the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal in 1996.

Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she can no longer perform.

Bey is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

Family

She married Howard Berkeley Matthews on April 7, 1964. They had three children, including the singer SATE, formally known as Saidah Baba Talibah, and singer/performance artist Jacintha Tuku Matthews.

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