somewhere87 (somewhere87) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Original: WOC from the Swedish music scene

I got inspired by this post of Norwegian artists and this post of Belgian artists and wanted to the same with swedish artists. The Swedish music industry is quite large, artists like Abba, Zara Larsson, Avicci and Robyn have all put Sweden on the music map. I would like to take this opportuinty and put togheter a collection of some women of color from the Swedish music scene. Hope you all like them!

Sabina Ddumba

Sabina was born in 1994 i Nacka, in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mother left the family and moved back to her birth country, Uganda, when Sabina was 8 years old. Sabina joined the Tensta Gospel Choir at age 14. In 2012 she participated The X Factor Sweden. She released her first single, Scarred for life, in 2014. One year later she released her second single Effortless, which was certified platinum in Sweden.


Janice was born in 1994 to a Ugandan father and a Finnish mother. She's been a part of the Tensta Gospel Choir since 2009. Her breakthrough came in 2016 with the single "Don't need to". In 2019 she helped the Red Cross spred awareness of women who live in areas of war and conflict in the world. In 2017 she performed the national anthems of Canada and United States during the NHL Global Series in Stockholm. Her father Maudo Sey was a renowned musician in The Gambia and Senegal, West Africa.

Seinabo Sey

Seinabo was born in 1990 and is of both Swedish and Gambian ancestry. Her debut single was released in 2013. In 2014 she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert. In an interview Sey noted: "I was really academically tracked... I loved to sing but I could never fathom singing by myself. I tried to push away the whole music dream and thought I had to do something more in line with that, like becoming a lawyer or something, until I was around sixteen. But then I realised I couldn't really live in that small town so I moved to Stockholm and started music school".


Cherrie was born in Finland to Somalian parents, she moved to Rinkeby in Sweden at the age of 10. Her cousin is swedish rapper imanella (see below). Her debut album, Sherihan, was relesead in 2016, many of the songs is about Rinkeby. In 2018 she participed in the documentary, Cherrie - ut ur mörket (Cherrie - out of the darkness) where she wanted to put a spotlight on the people behind the statistics when it comes to the media's broadcast of deathly shootings.


Imenella was born in Somalia in 1998. She, along with her mother and 4 siblings, came to Sweden at age six. Her mother, Xabiba Wanaag, is a known singer and has toured all over the world. She started her career as a choreograph, dance teacher and is the founder of the feminist dance company Unruly. In 2018 she relesead the singles "Moves, "Chagga" och "Fråga om mig (Ask about me)".


Laleh was born in 1982 in Iran. When she was two months old her family left the country, her parents were opponents to the regime and ran multiple underground newspapers. Laleh's father died in 1994 when he tried to rescue a woman who had fallen from her canoe into the water. The woman survived but Laleh's father drowned. Laleh mentioed, when participing in the Swedish show "Så mycket bättre" that among 10.000 people attended the funeral. Her debut album, Laleh, came in 2005. in 2012 she releesead her single Some Die Young which a commercial hit across Scandinavia, peaking at number one in Norway for eight weeks and becoming the twentieth biggest selling single of all time in the country. It also went double platinum in Sweden.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Tags: music / musician, music / musician (pop), music / musician (rap and hip-hop), ontd original
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