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DMDS Profile: Saidah Baba Talibah

Saidah Baba Talibah is a Canadian born rocker with a powerful, raunchy and soulful voice, who comes from a family of musicians.  Her mother, Salome Bey is an internationally known Tony and Grammy nominated singer/actress and also her main inspiration. Saidah first entered the Toronto music scene with a soul/rock group called Blaxäm, and was featured on their EP, Kiss My Afro.

After Blaxäm broke up, and before embarking on her solo music career, Saidah participated in a number of events such as a featured vocalist at the Quincy Jones Gala, provided backup vocals for three seasons of Canadian Idol, artists like Jully Black, Divine Brown and has recently toured with Canadian multi-platinum country singer Johnny Reid.  In the last couple years Saidah has made a name of herself in Toronto with her explosive performances and has taken her show around the world to the UK, US, Singapore, and France.

Her debut album (S)Cream has been recognized by a number of magazines and websites like NOW, Exclaim, and AOL Spinner. Her latest video ‘So Cool’, debuted in the United States as the AOL Spinner Video of the Day. Recently, Saidah’s single, ‘Revolution’ has been used in the Chevrolet Volt commercial and recently been added to number of radio stations across Canada. We had a chance to speak with Saidah Baba Talibah about her progress so far and her future plans.

 1. You’ve been often described as a storyteller through your music. What influences you to share your experiences through your songs?

Well, I always have to first mention my mother as my main influence for everything that I do, why I do it and how I do it.  She was my teacher; I got to watch her all of the time -- in clubs, on concert stages with orchestras, in theatre plays.  But outside of her, life influences me to share.  When I’m passionate about something, you’ll see the bull headed Saidah come out, so why not write songs?

2. You seem very well rooted with the Toronto art and music scene. What do you think makes Canadian music different from music anywhere else?

In Canada we really have the luxury, opportunity and honour to have the world in our country.  We get to taste the world, on so many different levels -- food, culture, music, language.  And especially in Toronto, it really is


Shore 104.3 Fm Announces The Launch Of Music Saves III

(Vancouver, BC) – SHORE 104.3 FM is pleased to announce the launch of the Music Saves III video, the third installment in the Music Saves series, in support of the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) and the continued efforts of The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.

Music Saves is a music video series based on the Playing For Change concept. The performances were filmed and recorded live throughout various picturesque locations around Vancouver this summer, then edited together into one song and video. The video illustrates the power of music and its potential to positively impact peoples’ lives.

Music Saves aims to bring attention to music therapy and inspire musicians with disabilities by highlighting BC based artists, both able-bodied and disabled, performing a new version of a well recognized song.

In 2009, Music Saves I performed the Bob Dylan song “I Shall Be Released” and was accredited with


Charting for the week of Dec. 19th

Top Downloads:

  1. Hedley – One Life (Universal)
  2. David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj – Turn Me On (EMI)
  3. Swedish House Mafia – Antidote (ft. Knife Party) (EMI)
  4. Lady Antebellum – Dancin’ Away With My Heart (EMI)
  5. OneRepublic – Christmas Without You (Universal)
  6. Snow Patrol – Called Out In The Dark (Universal)
  7. Lucky Uke – Feliz Navidad (Universal)
  8. Feist – How Come You Never Go There (Beck Remix) (Arts&Crafts)
  9. Alyssa Reid – Talk Me Down (Wax/Warner)
  10. Katy Perry feat. B.O.B. – The One That Got Away (EMI)

*Top Downloads are the most downloaded Singles in the given period

Most Active Indies:

  1. Feist – How Come You Never Go There (Beck Remix) (Arts&Crafts)
  2. Prime Time Voices For Children – ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Charity: UCLA Kids Hosp.)
  3. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (XL/Beggars)
  4. Terri Clark and Paul Brady – Working At Christmas (Murphy Cons./L. Tutty Promo)
  5. Mia Martina – Burning (CP/EMI/DMD Promo)
  6. Taylor Swift – Ours (Big Machine/Open Road)
  7. Wade Amey Wade – I Can’t Wait For Christmas (OPM/B. Martineau Promo)
  8. Lara MacMillan – I’ve Got A Thing For Santa (Indie)
  9. The Bloody Beetroots – Church Of Noise (EMI/DMD Promo)
  10. James Struthers – Blue Christmas (Indie/With A Bullet)

*Most Active Indies are the most streamed and downloaded Singles in the given period on releases not directly promoted by any of the four "major" record labels.


New campaign to embed information permanently in digital media

London, England, 13 December 2011 -- A picture may be worth 1,000 words, but permanently attached descriptions are worth a lot more as photos travel through the digital world. A campaign has been launched now to embed descriptive and rights information in digital media and to retain it during the whole life cycle.

The initiative has been launched by the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's), and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), with the support of trade organisations representing visual arts and photo agencies. It aims to establish the practice of applying descriptions and the copyright status of the content as metadata, and to embed it permanently during the electronic exchange of digital photo, text, audio or video files.

This practice is based on the principles defined by the Embedded Metadata Manifesto on the web site which invites organisations and individuals to support the campaign.

The campaign is designed for producers and users of digital media and the hardware and software vendors who play a key role in enabling interoperability in data exchange. The business benefits for both producers and users include efficient delivery, successful retrieval, and improved rights management.

"Metadata is an important driver for business productivity, so it should always be retained. Too much data is currently lost," said Michael Steidl, managing director of the IPTC which created the Embedded Metadata Manifesto. "It is time for content creators, distributors and software vendors to work together to bring about conditions where business can make use of metadata to track and preserve media files, copyright and other rights, as this is critical for the creative industries that depend on that for their existence."

"Embedding descriptive information into commercial files, removes manual steps, and duplication of effort, which can save time and money, and forms the foundation for more efficient operations, measurement, and monetization of advertising assets. These are the core reasons why the 4A's and ANA partnered to create Ad-ID, the United States standard for identifying Advertising assets across all media platforms," said Harold Geller, Senior Vice President Cross Country-Industry Workflow for the 4A's.

The five key principles of the Embedded Metadata Manifesto are:


Charting for the week of Dec. 12th

Top Downloads:

  1. FreeSol ft. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland – Fascinated (Universal)
  2. Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You (Sony)
  3. The Little Willies – Jolene (EMI)
  4. Cobra Starship ft. Mac Miller – Middle Finger (Put Your Finger Up) (Warner)
  5. Tim McGraw – Better Than I Used To Be (Warner)
  6. Kelly Clarkson – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Sony)
  7. The Barr Brothers – Dear Mrs. Claus (EMI)
  8. Avicii – Le7els (Universal)
  9. The Trews – Coming Home (Universal)
  10. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Universal)

*Top Downloads are the most downloaded Singles in the given period

Most Active Indies:

  1. Terri Clark and Paul Brady – Working At Christmas (Murphy Cons./L. Tutty Promo)
  2. Taylor Swift – Ours (Big Machine/Open Road)
  3. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (XL/Beggars)
  4. Lara MacMillan – I’ve Got A Thing For Santa (Indie)
  5. Don Amero – All I Need This Christmas (RAS Creative)
  6. The Bloody Beetroots – Church Of Noise (EMI/DMD Promo)
  7. Trevor Murray – Greatest Present Of All (Indie)
  8. Mia Martina – Burning (CP/EMI/DMD Promo)
  9. Aaron Pritchett & Lisa Manis – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Awesome/DMD Promo)
  10. Keb Mo – Shopping On Christmas Eve (Yolabelle/Ryko)

*Most Active Indies are the most streamed and downloaded Singles in the given period on releases not directly promoted by any of the four "major" record labels.