Sabina Ddumba – Swedish singer known for Gospel and Soul

Sabina Ddumba

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Sabina Ddumba
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Ddumba at Allsång på Skansen in 2015

Sabina Ddumba, (born 23 February 1994) is a Swedish singer. Ddumba grew up in Fisksätra, Nacka. Her music has soul, gospel, and R&B influences. Ddumba was a backing vocalist on Katy Perry’s song “Walking on Air” and has collaborated with artists such as the hip-hop band Looptroop Rockers, duo Lorentz & Sakarias and Adam Kanyama. She is signed to Warner Music. Ddumba released her first single, “Scarred for Life”, in 2014, and her second single, “Effortless” in 2015. Both were certified platinum. Ddumba appeared in Moraeus med mera in 2014 and performed at Grammisgalan in 2015. She performed at the 2015 Swedish Grammys, and recently won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2016 P3 Gold Awards.

Early life

Sabina Ddumba was born on 23 February 1994 in Fisksätra, Nacka. She is the sixth out of eight children. Her mother is Ugandan, and when she was eight years old, her mother moved back to Uganda. After listening to traditional Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs, she became interested in melody and phrasing. She has been writing songs on and off since the age of 10. At the age of fourteen, she joined the Tensta Gospel Choir and sang with the group for about six years. It was through this choir that she found singing was her vocation. Her father and relatives, however, wanted her to pursue a more scholarly profession, such as a doctor.

Musical Influences

Ddumba was inspired by the Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs she heard as a child. She also grew up listening to the hip-hop and R&B of the late 1990s. As her family was religious, the gospel music she heard in church on Sundays has also greatly influenced her musical style. Her time with the Tensta Gospel Choir strengthened the influence that gospel music has had on her work.

Career

Ddumba participated in The X Factor Sverige in 2012. Also in 2012, she sang on Adam Kanyama’s track, “The Golden Child” and collaborated with the duo Lorentz & Sakarias. In 2013 she sang background vocals for Katy Perry’s single “Walking On Air”, which was featured on Perry’s album, Prism. The same year she collaborated with hip-hop group Looptroop Rockers on their song “Sea of Death”. In 2014 she released her first single, “Scarred for Life”. After the release of this single, in 2015 she signed with Warner Music. In 2015, Ddumba released her second single, “Effortless”, which was certified platinum in Sweden. The song was co-written with Carmen Reece, and produced by Nick Ruth and T-Collar. Her latest single, “Not Too Young” was 30 October 2015. This single was certified double platinum. In February 2015, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammys. In 2016, she performed “Not Too Young” at the P3 Gold Awards, winning the award for Newcomer of the Year. Ddumba will be releasing a follow-up single to “Not Too Young” titled “Not Too Young Pt. II”, which will be produced by Wolf Cousins.