‘I WAS PAID TO SING WHEN I WAS 10’

TEN QUESTIONS WITH SABINA DESIR, RAMSGATE’S RESIDENT VOICE OF JAZZ

WHO ARE YOU AND HOW ARE YOU?
Sabina Desir…happy but exhausted today

WHAT DO YOU DO?
Vocalist and Promoter..The Jazz Sessions Founder.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT?
My first paid gig as a singer was when I was 10 years old. I’ve been doing promotion for the last 2 years.

WHY DO YOU DO IT?
Singing feels like my purpose, nothing else makes me feel completely
present. I couldn’t imagine life without this form of expression…and The
Jazz Sessions is to provide another platform for the genre that I adore.
It’s so satisfying to watch an event come to life that
started out as a few scribbles on a note pad.

WHAT WILL YOU BE BRINGING TO THE RAMSGATE FESTIVAL OF SOUND?
The Jazz Sessions is bringing two events to the festival set in the beautiful
boutique hotel Albion House. The well-respected pianist and composer
Jessica Lauren and I have put together a special quartet. We re-imagine
the glorious music of Stevie Wonder, taken from 3 of his most outstanding
works..Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness ‘ First Finale.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR PERFORMANCE AT THE FESTIVAL?
Memories that come from sharing musical experiences…hope they leave
feeling good!

WWHAT’S THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID ABOUT YOU AND YOUR MUSIC?
An audience member once approached me after the show and said she and her husband had been having a tough year. They borrowed the money for the tickets to the show…she said thep erformance had made her feel as if her circumstance was about to
change. I was so humbled. I’m so grateful that people are so open and
supportive…Music, in fact all of the arts are so important. Art sustains us!

GOT ANY AWARDS OR NOMINATIONS ?

Not one! Can I count my Tap dancing?

HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR?

Giving birth – twice. I have two sons.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED?

Someone who made a positive contribution to others…and a good Mum to my boys.

SEE SABINA & JESSICA LAUREN PLAY THEIR VERSIONS OF STEVIE WONDER AT “JAZZ SESSIONS PRESENTS” AT ALBION HOUSE HOTEL RAMSGATE ON 19TH JULY. TICKETS ON SALE HERE

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