Groove In The Gallery Feat. Sade Awele

As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic draws thematic inspiration from the photo album, as well as the music album. On Saturday April 22, the exhibition will be enlivened with live performances by Vancouver-based musician Sadé Awele. Photography from the Wedge Collection has often been displayed in the private home of founder and collector Ken Montague, where music is a mainstay, and this unique opportunity to view the works alongside live music is an homage to the collection’s spirit of togetherness, joy, and groove.

Performances take place at noon and 2:30pm.
Admission is by donation.

About Sadé Awele
Sadé grew up in a musical home where gospel, R&B, jazz, Afro-fusion and Afrobeats were embraced. Her culture plays a major role in her identity, being both of Igbo and Yoruba descent. On her Yoruba side, her paternal grandfather grew up with drummers in a home called "ile dun dun". To this day, incorporation of the drums is an important aspect of Sadé's music.

Sadé's first release was her single, "Count on Me" in 2018. Her creativity and tenacity led her to win the African Fashion and Arts Movement Award in 2020, as well as being labeled an artist to be heard in 2020 by Exclaim! Her work has also earned praise from Horizon's magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Honk Magazine, Vancouver Sun, and has allowed her to grace stages from the depths of Tofino to the Rogers Arena. In 2021, Sadé was one of the select few to participate in the Women in the Studio Accelerator program (by Music Publishers Canada) along with select songwriters and producers across Canada.

Image: Emily Ellen