Salome Bey Death – Dead : Salome Bey Obituary : Cause of Death Unknown.

By John Chekwas | August 10, 2020

Salome Bey Death – Dead : Salome Bey Obituary : Cause of Death Unknown.

Salome Bey has died, according to the following statements posted on social media on August. 9, 2020.

Eric Alper 🎧 on Twitter: “Canada’s first lady of blues, Salome Bey, has died. She was honoured with a Toronto Arts Award and an honourary Member of the Order of Canada. She mixed between sorrowful & uplifting euphoria with forthright vocals always on top form, and one the nicest, kindest people in music.

Salome Bey CM (October 10, 1939 – August 9, 2020) was born in New Jersey. Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011, her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform. 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. Matthews died in August 2016 at the age of 80 and Bey died at the age of 80.

Tributes 

Taivi Muse is with Tabby Johnson and wrote

I heard this morning from Vivienne Muhling, that Salome Bey – an iconic force in our music landscape – has passed away. While her voice has been on this planet for decades, I, together with many many others, first experienced the power of her being in 1978 at Basin Street – in the production of her groundbreaking show, “Indigo.” With condolences to her daughters – SATE (Saidah Baba Talibah) and Tuku, her son Marcus, and all whose lives she has reached.

Daryl Auwai wrote 
Salome Bey was my close friend, colleague and champion. I am extremely saddened to hear of her passing. I last saw her at the Celebration of Life for her dear husband, Howard Matthews.

We worked together consistently from when we first met while she was appearing as Mother Earth in a show at Global Village in 1970 or thereabouts until I went off on national tours as a PSM in 1982. She constantly pushed me to work harder, develop more technique and skill, be a better writer, designer, director, and she was always supportive. She was also my confidante.

We spent thousands of hours together, conversing, analyzing, working, eating, enjoying other artists, thinking, planning and best of all …. laughing. She could laugh! Salome’s heart was so big it could envelop all of us who knew her. She was my rock and place of refuge.

My sister, my momma, my girlfriend, my mentor, my accomplice, all those things at the same time. Tabby Johnson thanks for remembering what we did with “Indigo”. Sadly the only original cast members still alive are Rudy Webb, Denzil Miller (piano) and Jim Norman (drums). May our many great gods embrace our queen and hold her in splendour. In turn, may we always cherish her work and hold her dear in our hearts and memories forever.

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Salome Bey Death – Dead : Salome Bey Obituary : Cause of Death Unknown.

 

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