SAY SHE SHE
Date: Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023
Genre: Funk / Groove
The female-led discodelic soul band Say She She – named as a silent nod to Nile
Rodgers (C’est chi-chi!: It’s Chic!”) – will transport you with their dreamy harmonies,
funky basslines, catchy hooks and up-tempo grooves.
Their debut album Prism was released last fall and earned 5 stars from The Guardian,
raves from NPR New Music Friday, Wax Poetics, Ones To Watch, Brooklyn Magazine,
The Talkhouse and key live performances with KEXP, NPR LIVE and and WNYC
Soundcheck. KCRW named Prism #1 on their Top 30 albums list.
Say She She made their National Television debut this year with a performance for CBS
Their debut single “Forget Me Not,” a gritty funk send-up inspired by NYC’s Guerilla
Girls, made a huge first splash: it was premiered by DJ Novena Carmel on KCRW’s
Morning Becomes Eclectic and described by Jeremy Sole as “the funkiest sh*t I’ve
heard in a while!” They have since earned spins from influential tastemaker stations
across the U.S. and the U.K, including: BBC Radio 6, JAZZ FM, Gilles Peterson’s
WorldWide FM, NPR, WXPN, WFUV and KEXP.
Say She She’s sound is described as “a glorious overload of joyful elation and spiritual
elevation” (MOJO), “infused with the wonky post-disco spirit of early ’80s NYC” (The
Guardian). Inspired by the soaring sounds of 70s girl groups, the three strong voices of
Piya Malik (El Michels Affair staple feature, and former backing singer for Chicano
Batman), Sabrina Mileo Cunningham and Nya Gazelle Brown front the band.
Say She She’s follow up single – a sultry B side “Blow My Mind” catalyzed their 7”
release as a must cop 45 for DJs coast to coast and charted at number 12 on KCRW’s
Top 30 Album chart. Next their single “Trouble,” produced by members of Daptone
Stalwarts Charles Bradley’s The Extraordinaires and Lee Fields The Expressions, hit #7
on KCRW’s Top 30 followed up with their billowing protest anthem “NORMA,” written in
response to the decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Their single “Fortune Teller” has
been fixed on the BBC 6 A list.
Their live show injects funk and pop with a heavy dose of dance and disco beats and a
wide range of inspirations: Indian legend Asha Puthli, David Macuso’s loft parties,
Turkish funk, Rotary Club, Stax soul groups and more, carving their own corner and
coining their own crate of Discodelic Soul. The dazzling harmonizing trio of frontwomen
joined by a roaring roster of musicians that includes members of underground cult-funk
band Orgone, took their live set on the road for their debut headlining “ Out of Our
Minds” tour with sold out shows across the US and the UK last year and earlier this year
took to the East coast to support Daptone rising stars Thee Sacred Souls.
Highlights of Say She She’s recent touring includes selling out their first headlining
show in Los Angeles and being featured on WFUV’s Holiday Cheer line-up at the
Beacon Theater with Spoon and Lucius. They recently played a number of key festivals
across the U.K. including Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Fest and Lost Village. Their
debut headline gig in London sold out in a few days and they were a must-watch at the
Rockefeller Center Rough Trade Indie Plaza festival in New York City.
Summer 2023 will see the band playing Glastonbury West Holts and Greenpeace
stages as well as opening for Portugal the Man at The Hollywood Bowl.