Pop singer A*M*E (Aminata Kabba) was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. At the age of eight, she moved to London, England after her mother's hair salon was destroyed by a fire.
Shortly after her relocation, she formed an informal pop group and quickly realized that she'd be more comfortable on her own. She crossed paths with songwriter/producer MNEK
years later and recorded some collaborative material, including "City Lights." Take That
's Gary Barlow
heard that particular song and signed her to his Universal
label. The bouncy dance number, inspired by early house music and K-pop, was issued in 2012, as were "Ride or Die" and "Play the Game Boy." The same year, she co-wrote "Beautiful Stranger" for K-pop group f(x)
, who took it to number one in their native Korea. The BBC long-listed the rising star for their Sound of 2013 poll. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi