Sariyah Idan (Pronounced: Sah-ree-yah Ee-dahn) is an internationally touring singer-songwriter and actor based in Los Angeles and originally from New York. Trained in jazz & folk, hip-hop & soul educated, Sariyah is heavily influenced by the music of her Jewish roots and the classic sounds of Dub/Reggae. Fusicology reviewed the release of her debut solo EP in December 2014 as “powerful, soulful, spirited songs filled with stories of joy, struggle, love and social justice”. As a child Sariyah was steeped in world music and dance as a member of the Vanaver Caravan dance and music company which has greatly influenced her sound and her global perspective. Her music and character have been compared to Nneka, Amy Winehouse and M.I.A. She takes inspiration from artists ranging from Erykah Badu to Kelly Joe Phelps, Marvin Gaye to Suzanne Vega, Wu-Tang to Yasmin Levy, Balkan Beat Box, Manu Chao and Gregory Issacs. Sariyah has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Yusef Lateef as well as recordings with Marcia Griffiths and Caron Wheeler on Dubblstandat’s album Woman In Dub. In August 2015, Sariyah is releasing a mixtape, a compilation of numerous eclectic collaborations.
NAMM is full of colorful characters from many genres and cultures all gathering for a common cause, music. Sariyah's blend of nylon string guitar arrangements of urban american styles mixed with various world folk influences in both instrumentation and vocal stylings deonstrate a cross genre approach to music which illustrates both the diversity and unity of music.