Sweden's Sabina Ddumba is a soulful, gospel-influenced vocalist with bent toward contemporary pop and R&B.
Born in Fisksätra, a suburb of Stockholm, in 1994, Ddumba grew up in a religious family with parents who emigrated to Sweden from Uganda. Subsequently, some of her earliest musical memories are of hearing her mother sing Ugandan nursery rhymes. In her teens, she joined the Tensta Gospel Choir and performed with the ensemble for six years. Also during this period, she began listening to a mix of modern and '90s R&B, including The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which inspired her greatly. In 2012, she briefly competed on Sweden's version of The X Factor and made her professional debut singing on Adam Kanyama
's track "The Golden Child." The following year, her career gained another boost when she supplied backup vocals on Katy Perry
's single "Walking on Air," from Prism. In 2014, Ddumba released her debut single, "Scarred for Life," which helped land her a recording contract with Warner Music
. Following her signing, she released several more singles, with "Effortless" and "Not Too Young, in 2015; the latter achieved platinum status. That same year, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammy Awards. In 2016, she released her fourth solo single, the Wolf Cousins-produced "Not Too Young, Pt. 2." ~ Matt Collar