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Born and raised in South London’s Croydon, British-Guyanese artist Sabiyha makes her fierce introduction with debut single ‘Choorile’.
Taking her own spin on traditional Guyanese folklore about the banshee-like creatures, the term ‘Choorile’ has become short-hand for women who are perceived to be too loud, unruly or assertive - this is Sabiyha’s reclamation.
Growing up amongst a large, extended family - headed up by matriarch ‘Nanny’ - Sabiyha wrote ‘Choorile’ in recognition of powerful womxn, informed first hand by the strength and guts of her whip-smart mother. “She was quite strong willed when she was young, and whilst she didn’t let me act out growing up, she encouraged me to speak up and have my own opinions” says Sabiyha; “She’d ask me ‘Are you a leader or are you a follower? She was quite hard about that - she didn’t want me to just go along with what people were saying, and that’s what has shaped the way I am. She’s the person that I was thinking of, writing ‘Choorile’.”


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