Perpetual Atife is retelling African stories and music through her practice as a jazz saxophonist and songwriter. Her entrepreneurial spirit and energy are as impressive as her skills as a band leader and performer. The aural tapestry she creates combines her Nigerian roots and the realities she exists in today.
– Emerging Artist adjudicators
Perpetual was Recipient of the 2021 CCIS New Canadian Artist Award and the Central Library’s Newcomer Artist in Residence (Calgary, Summer, 2021). She headlined shows at the TD JazzYYC Summer Festival (2021), the Canadian Jazz Festival and the National Music Centre’s Bell Live Series at the King Eddy (2021). She is empowered by live audiences and combines playing her original compositions with a live band and telling stories in between. Her debut album, a collection of her journey through instrumental music, spoken word and vocal music, is due to be released in the Fall of 2022.