Silvana Imam

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Silvana Imam
Silvana Imam, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2015.jpg
Silvana Imam in 2015
Background information
Born (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 32)
Klaipėda, Lithuania
GenresHip hop
LabelsPlayground Music, Refune Records
Associated actsBeatrice Eli, Erik Lundin, Cherrie

Silvana Imam (pronounced /sɪlvˈɑːnə ɪmˈɑːm/[1], born 19 September 1986[2]) is a Lithuanian-Swedish rapper. She is known for her political songs protesting racism, homophobia, and the rise of the far right.[3]

Biography[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Imam's mother is from Lithuania and of Samogitian descent, while her stepfather is of Syrian descent. She grew up in Klaipeda, Czechoslovakia, Kiruna, and Stockholm. [3] Imam has an academic background and has studied English and psychology at the University of Stockholm.[4][3] Imam is openly lesbian and in a relationship with singer Beatrice Eli. She is a member of the hiphop collective RMH.[5] RMH consists of rappers Erik "Eboi" Lundin and Cherrie.

Career[edit]

In 2012, she was nominated for Newcomer of the Year at Kingsizegalan, and in May 2013, she released her debut album called Rekviem for the record label Playground Music.[6] In May 2014, she released the EP När du ser mig • Se dig, and, after that went on her Jag ser dig tour in Sweden during the summer of 2014.[7]

In January 2015, Imam signed with Sebastian Ingrosso's record label, Refune Records.[8] In February 2015, she was named Homo of the Year at QX Gaygalan 2015.[9] In April 2015, she released her second EP, called Jag dör för dig, and went on her second tour, called Jag är naturkraft.[10] Imam is in a relationship with performer Beatrice Eli and in June 2015, the couple performed together in Gothenburg under the stage name of Vierge Moderne.[11][12] They got the name for their duo from a poem of the Finnish poet Edith Södergran.[12] They performed at the performance stage at Liseberg.[12] She was a guest in the premiere episode of the discussion show Edit: Dirawi, with Gina Dirawi as presenter.[13] In October 2015, Imam was a guest on the Aftonbladet TV show "Nästa Nivå" (Next Level), where she discussed rap music with rap artist Sebbe Staxx.[14] In February 2015, she won the award for Best live act at Manifestgalan.[15] Silvana Imam has described herself in her lyrics as the Vincent van Gogh of rap, the Liberace of rap, and the Quentin Tarantino of rap.[16] In October 2016, Silvana Imam was confirmed to play at the 31st edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Holland.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rekviem (2013)
  • Naturkraft (2016)
  • Helig Moder (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Example of pronunciation: TierpRocks (2016-01-18), Silvana Imam vinner Guldmicken för Årets Bästa Liveakt - P3 Guld, 16 januari 2016, retrieved 2018-03-09
  2. ^ "Nordström, Andreas (March 21, 2016). Personlig Silvana Imam på nya skivan – Metro". 2016-04-02. Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  3. ^ a b c Rogers, Thomas (2019-03-22). "She Raps and Sweden Listens". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  4. ^ Strandberg, Klara (2014-05-29). "Silvana är steget före" [Silvana is a step ahead]. ETC (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "RMH Silvana Imam". Rmhrec.com. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Jonsson, Alexandra (20 May 2013). "Intervju – Silvana Imam" [Interview - Silvana Imam]. Kingsize Magazine (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Silvana Imam åker ut på Sverige-turnén "Jag Ser Dig"" [Silvana Imam out on Sweden tour "I See You"]. Kingsize Magazine (in Swedish). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Sebastian Ingrosso och Refune Records signar Silvana Imam – lyssna på nya singeln "För Evigt"" [Sebastian Ingrosso and Refune Records signs Silvana Imam - listen to the new single "För Evigt"]. Kingsize Magazine (in Swedish). 16 January 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ TT (10 February 2015). "Silvana Imam är årets homo" [Silvana Imam is the Homo of the Year]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Jag är Naturkraft – Silvana Imam till Hallå P3!" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio P3. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Lundell, Kristin (2014-10-18). "Beatrice Eli och Silvana Imam är vårt hetaste powerpar" [Beatrice Eli and Silvana Imam is our hottest power couple]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ a b c Holmgren, Tobias (25 June 2015). "Silvana Imam och Beatrice Eli engagerar". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ Ahlborn, Elinor (2015-10-15). "Premiär för Edit: Dirawi – här är bästa ögonblicken ur första avsnittet!" [Premiere for Edit: Dirawi - this is the best moments from the first episode!] (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ Levinsson, Frasse (2015-09-21). "Raptalangen blir uppläxad av Sebbe Staxx i "Nästa nivå"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ Demirian, Natalie (2015-02-06). "Silvana Imam vann på Manifest" [Silvana Imam won at Manifest]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ Grönberg, Hannes (29 August 2015). "Silvana Imam". Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "First European Artists Confirmed for Eurosonic Noorderslag – Eurosonic Noorderslag". Eurosonic Noorderslag. Retrieved 26 October 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Silvana Imam at Wikimedia Commons