Yaiya in a Stockholm cabaret portrait in March 2010
|Also known as||Yaiya Sacasios|
|Genres||Pop, Soul, R&B, Rock|
|Labels||WorldMusic Records (2007–)|
|Associated acts||J-Son, Newkid, Lars Jacob|
Yaiya, also known as Yaiya Sacasios (née Yaiya Sandra Carola Siekas) born April 15, 1990 in Boden, Sweden is an entertainment artist, songwriter and actor, living in Stockholm. She started performing at the age of 6, won talent shows and participated in Idol (Sweden) 2006. Yaiya won Swedish Radio's national talent show 2008 with Sapphire Sky.
In 2007 a radio station in France released the album Générations 88.2, a collection of 15 CDs described as the best hits 1997-2007, featuring Yaiya's song I'ma Do It (Anyway ft. NewKid). The album also featured artists like Ciara, Timbaland, Brian McKnight, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, D'Angelo, Nas and Swedish rapper Promoe
Yaiya made a guest appearance on Channel 5's (Sweden) hidden camera show Svärföräldrarna från helvetet as the ex-girlfriend Sandy. She was also the face and producer of an online talent show iDream and hosted Season 1, November 2010 - April 2011. In commercial video, she has been a main representative of of the Carlsberg Group soft drink Festis.
Yaiya was the headliner of the CabarEng ensemble's cabaret shows directed by Lars Jacob in Stockholm 2009-2011 and has made studio audio recordings for that group of over 50 of their cabaret numbers. With that ensemble, as Yaiya Sacasios, she was on a U.S. tour in September and October 2011 and did A Tribute Westward (on the 100th anniversary of Mae West's Broadway debut) at Don't Tell Mama. The tour also included Cabaret Large A-Cup in Manhattan at the Metropolitan Room, and in Washington DC at Madam's Organ, plus performances at venues in Annapolis and Boston.
- SHY - Whiteboy (with YAIYA) - released February 23 on SHY's debut album
- Pure Heart - released February 14
- J-Son - My Window ft. YAIYA - released May 20
- I Can't Help Making Music - released May 14
- Lalcko - Lumumba (with YAIYA) - released in France on Lalcko's debut album
- Sapphire Sky - released
- Ima Do It (Anyway) ft. Newkid - released in France on the album "Générations 88.2"
- CabarEng on Facebook
- Metropolitan Room online listing
- Online article in NSD 2011-10-03
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