Sabina Ddumba

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Sabina Ddumba
Sabina Ddumba in 2015.jpg
Ddumba at Allsång på Skansen in 2015
Background information
Born (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 25)
Stockholm, Sweden
LabelsWarner Bros. Sweden
Associated acts

Sabina Ddumba (born 23 February 1994) is a Swedish singer.[1] Her music has soul, gospel, and R&B influences. Ddumba was a backing vocalist on Katy Perry's song "Walking on Air" in 2013 and has collaborated with artists such as the hip hop band Looptroop Rockers, duo Lorentz & Sakarias and Adam Kanyama in 2012.[2] She is signed to Warner Music.[3] Ddumba released her first single, "Scarred for Life", in 2014, and her second single, "Effortless" in 2015. Both were certified platinum.[4] Ddumba appeared in Moraeus med mera in 2014[5] and performed at Grammisgalan in 2015.[6] She performed at the 2015 Swedish Grammis,[7] and in 2015 won 'Newcomer of the Year' at the Grammisgalan and 2016 P3 Gold Awards.[8]

Early life[edit]

Sabina Ddumba was born on 23 February 1994 in Fisksätra, Nacka. She is the sixth child out of eight in her family. Her mother is Ugandan, and when she was eight years old, her mother moved back to Uganda.[9] After listening to traditional Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs, she became interested in melody and phrasing.[10] Ddumba has started writing songs since she was 10.[11] In 2008, 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.[10] Her father and relatives wanted her to pursue a more scholarly profession, such as a doctor.[9]

Musical influences[edit]

Ddumba was inspired by the Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs she heard when she was 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.[10]


Ddumba participated in The X Factor Sverige in 2012. Also in 2012, she sang on Adam Kanyama's track, "The Golden Child"[10] 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.[12] In 2015, Ddumba released her second single, "Effortless", which was certified platinum in Sweden.[4] The song was co-written with Carmen Reece, and produced by Nick Ruth and T-Collar.[13] Her latest single, "Not Too Young" was 30 October 2015.[12] This single was certified double platinum.[13] In February 2015, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammys.[7] In 2016, she performed "Not Too Young" at the P3 Gold Awards, winning the award for Newcomer of the Year.[8] 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.[13] In the autumn of 2016, she participated in TV4's "So Much Better", where she was among others praised for her interpretation of Uno Svenningson's song "The Waves".[14]



Year Title Charts
2016 Homeward Bound 10
2017 Så mycket bättre 2017 – Tolkningarna 35


Year Title Charts Album
2014 "Scarred for Life" Homeward Bound
2015 "Effortless" 57
"Not Too Young" 7
2016 "Time" 91
"Did It for the Fame" 44
2017 "Vågorna" 19 Så mycket bättre 2017 – Tolkningarna
"It's Been Hurting All the Way with You, Joanna" 77
"Manboy" 27
"Varför är kärleken röd" 57
2018 "Small World" 69
2019 "Blow My Mind"
(featuring Mr. Eazi)
(featuring Kojo Funds)
"Forgotten Ones" [B]


  1. ^ "Conversation" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number seven on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[19]
  2. ^ "Forgotten Ones" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[20]


  1. ^ "Sabina Ddumba". Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Sabina Ddumba är okända rösten i Katy Perrys refräng - Nöjesbladet". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "SKIVBOLAG Sabina Ddumba till Warner Bros". Musikindustrin. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sabina Ddumba: Großer neuer Pop aus Schweden: Sabina Ddumba mit "Effortless" und "Not Too Young"". Warner Music Germany. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  5. ^ "Kalles gäster fjärde säsongen". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  6. ^ "Sabina Ddumba ska spela – på Grammis". Expressen. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Pre Grammys: Sabina Ddumba". Radar Collective. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  8. ^ a b "Sabina Ddumba wins newcomer of the year at P3 Gold Awards". Paow Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  9. ^ a b "Sabina Ddumba: "Jag vill inte bli klar"". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  10. ^ a b c d "Sabina Ddumba". Radar Collective. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  11. ^ "Pre Grammys: Sabina Ddumba". Radar Collective. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  12. ^ a b "Sabina Ddumba "Not Too Young Pt. 2" (Single Premiere)". Ultimate Music. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  13. ^ a b c "::hawkridge studio::". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  14. ^ "Sabina Ddumba till Furuvik i sommar". Mynewsdesk.
  15. ^ a b " - Discography Sabina Ddumba".
  16. ^ "Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 6 January 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  17. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 19". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 34". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 34". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

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