Salomé Bey, “first lady of the blues”, honored with a Canada Post stamp

Salome Bey’s daughter says the late blues legend is getting the star treatment she deserves as the face of a new Canada Post stamp.

SATE and its sister tUkU were present at the launch in Toronto on Thursday of a commemorative stamp honoring Bey’s contributions to Canadian music and theater.

Known as Canada’s “First Lady of the Blues,” the singer, songwriter, and actress is known for her powerful voice as a performer and champion of young black artists.

SATE says the depiction of Bey with her hair braided in a dramatic knot on the stamp captures her mother’s “statuesque” and “regal” personality.

She says the family is re-releasing Bey’s self-titled 1970 solo album on digital platforms on Thursday as a musical complement to the postal tribute.

SATE says it hopes this commemoration will be an opportunity for new and longtime fans of Bey to rediscover his work and give him due recognition for his forward-thinking talent and leadership.

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(Radio Canada)