Sabina Sciubba

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Background information
Birth nameSabina Margrit Sciubba
BornRome, Italy
  • Singer
  • actress
  • video artist
Years active1998–present
Associated actsBrazilian Girls

Sabina Margrit Sciubba or Sabina is a singer, composer, and actress. She is best known as the lead singer for the Grammy-nominated[1] electronica band Brazilian Girls. She is also a visual artist.[2][3] She has a solo career, and also worked as an actress, appearing in a recurring role on the FX series Baskets, beginning in 2016. Sciubba has composed the scores for several feature films and commercials.

Early life[edit]

Sabina was born in Rome to a German mother and an Italian father.[4][5] She lived there until age 5, then moved to Germany with her mother, painter Hannelore Jüterbock,[6] and her brother, Christian, where she grew up in Berg, Upper Bavaria.[7] After living in Italy, Germany and France, Sciubba later lived in New York from 1999-2009, before returning to France.[8] She has commented on her childhood: "I grew up singing to trees, donkeys, sheep and horses, so I suppose there isn't an audience I'm not prepared for."[9] Sciubba is fluent in six languages: German, Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Her father, Enrico Sciubba is Professor for Thermodynamics at the University in Rome, San Pietro in Vincoli, La Sapienza.


Brazilian Girls[edit]

Sabina is best known as the frontwoman for the band Brazilian Girls. She stands out because of her unique contralto voice and her signature multilingual storytelling.[10] She has also been called 'enigmatic'[11] and is noted for her sense of fashion, wearing theatrical outfits[12] often made by herself or by her fashion-designer friends threeasfour,[13] Carolina K,[14] and Gemma Kahng.[15] In 2008 Sabina composed and sang the songs "Bring Back the Love" and "Os Novos Yorkinos" for Bebel Gilberto's album Momento.[16] In 2009, Brazilian Girls were nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance Recording category, but lost out to the band Daft Punk.[17] In 2009 Sabina and Brazilian Girls member Didi Gutman wrote and produced singer Baaba Maal's album Television, released on Palm Pictures.[18]

Solo career[edit]

Her solo record, called Toujours, was released on February 18, 2014 on Bar None Records[19] and Naim Edge, UK on March 23, 2014. Sabina's album was welcomed with overwhelmingly positive reviews.[20] The Boston Globe reviewer Rebecca Ostriker calls Sabina "a goddess".[21] Jon Pareles from The New York Times describes her as nonchalant, elusive, sophisticated and resolutely hedonistic.[22] Allmusic says "Toujours is an album of true originality, executed with humor, warmth, and spark, and captivating from beginning to end."[23] Q magazine calls it "A thoughtful solo debut", Uncut calls Sabina "A Dietrich pour nos jours".[24] In 2009 Sciubba records the song 'Silence is golden' on Forro in the Dark's album 'Light a candle'.[25] In 2011, Sciubba sings at the Lincoln Center, premiering 'Goldkind', a musical fairytale composed by Sciubba and Anthony Korf, accompanied by Riverside Symphony.[26] She also composes and sings on Pretty Good Dance Moves's 2012 album Limo.[27] On the collaboration project with Big Gigantic in 2012, she appears on the track "Love Letters".[28]

Sabina has composed musical scores for a number of films, including The Party's Over (with Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Forty Shades of Blue, amongst others.


From 2016 until 2019, Sciubba plays a recurring character, Penelope, alongside Zach Galifianakis in the television comedy series Baskets on FX.[29]

Video work[edit]

Sabina released a self-produced video for her single 'Toujours' in 2013.[30] She also made a series of short animated films, which she named Minifilms, which are political comments on human behaviour.

In early April 2014, renowned British artist Oliver Clegg creates a video for and with Sabina for the single 'Viva l'amour'. The video consists of thousands of hand-drawn images of Sabina.[31]


  • with Antonio Forcione, Meet Me in London, (Naim, 1997)
  • with Chris Anderson, You Don't Know What Love Is, (Naim, 1998)
  • Brazilian Girls, Brazilian Girls, (Verve, 2005)
  • Brazilian Girls, Talk to La Bomb, (Verve, 2006)
  • Brazilian Girls, New York City, (Verve, 2008)
  • Toujours, (Bar None, Naim, 2014)
  • Brazilian Girls, Let’s Make Love, (Six Degrees Records, 2018)


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Marienhof Sabina 15 episodes
2005 The Dig Short film
2010 Little Tailor La musicienne Short film
2015 Stop Me Here Chanteuse promenade
2016–19 Baskets Penelope 12 episodes


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  2. ^ Warren, Bruce. ""Toujours" by Sabina Sciubba". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Sabina Sciubba". Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  4. ^ "A Fairy-Tale Anniversary". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  5. ^ Miller, Winter (April 7, 2006). "Electronica to Mash-Up to Airy Soundscapes". The New York Times. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  6. ^ "Expo Ecofuturiste: Ode au Soleil - Hannelore Jüterbock". March 25, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Keppel, Oliver. [1], Süddeutsche Zeitung, November 16, 2003. Accessed December 13, 2013. "Doch einer der schönsten und variabelsten Stimmen, die diese Stadt je hervorbrachte, war München nicht genug. Vielleicht kam das hiesige Revival des Vokaljazz einen Tick zu spät, vielleicht war es ihr stets überkritisches Naturell, das sich mitunter im "eigenen Ding" verrannte, wahrscheinlich aber lag es an Sciubbas chronisch rast- und ruhelosem Geist."
  8. ^ Frere Jones, Sasha. "The International". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Lindner, Roland. "Allmannshausen im East Village". Frankfurter Allgemeine. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Pakzad, Ssirus. "Brasilianische Mädchen". Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  11. ^ Weinstein, Farrah. "BrazilianGirlsSingerShedsMasks,GlowsAbout...Beyonce". Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Dance-Groove Hipsters Tweaking Just About Everything". The New York Times. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "ThreeAsFour - Designer Fashion Label". Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Bernardo. "La princesa boho chic". Universal Mexico. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Santiago, James. "sabina sciubba, singer, actress, playful in costume". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  16. ^ Schoof, Kees. "Quietly moving on". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  17. ^ Esposito, Sebastian. "Brazilian Girls: "Somos una auténtica banda del siglo XXI"". La Nacion. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  18. ^ Ayers, Michael D. (July 25, 2009). "Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'".
  19. ^ Warren, Bruce (March 22, 2013). "My Morning Download: "Toujours" by Sabina Sciubba". WXPN. New York. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  20. ^ Pareles, John (February 17, 2014). "Toujours". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2014. She’s still the nonchalant, elusive, sophisticated and resolutely hedonistic figure she plays in Brazilian Girls songs.
  21. ^ Ostriker, Rebecca (18 February 2014). "Sabina 'Toujours'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 April 2014. Sabina Sciubba is a goddess. Uncut called her “The Indie Piaf” As the Brazilian Girls’ frontwoman, she descends — long legs, chestnut hair, the smile of Aphrodite — and triggers fantasies amid the swirl of a brilliant band.
  22. ^ Pareles, John (February 17, 2014). "Toujours". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2014. She’s still the nonchalant, elusive, sophisticated and resolutely hedonistic figure she plays in Brazilian Girls songs.
  23. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Toujours - Sabina". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  24. ^ "TOUJOURS - SABINA". Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  25. ^ Allen, J. "forro in the dark light a candle". AllMusic. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  26. ^ BWW newsdesk. "Riverside Symphony Presents GOLDKIND, 6/10". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  27. ^ Raber, Rebecca. "Sabina Sciubba Sexes Up Pretty Good Dance Moves — Video Premiere". Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  28. ^ McCarthy, Zel. "Big Gigantic with Sabina Sciubba of Brazilian Girls, 'Love Letters': First Listen".
  29. ^ Shoemaker, Allison (January 19, 2016). "Zach Galifianakis sneaks beauty into the cringe-comedy Baskets". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  30. ^ "video: Sabina Sciubba 'Toujours'". Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  31. ^ "Sabina: 'Viva L'Amour'". The Nowness. Retrieved 10 April 2014. The Brazilian Girls Singer Unveils a Pencil-on-Paper Collaboration with Artist Oliver Clegg

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