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If you like MIA, Ellinor Miranda Salome Olovsdotter, better known by her stage name Elliphant, will more than likely be your cup of tea. The Swedish singer, songwriter and rapper releases her forthcoming sophomore album, Living Life Golden, this month. The album will feature collaborations with Azealia Banks, Major Lazer, Twin Shadow, and, of course, her long-term collaborator Skrillex.
Daughter to Gambian musician, Mawdo Sey, of a group called Ifang Bondi, Seinabo moved to Stockholm by herself when she was 15 after landing a place at a music school. She started to share her early demos as part of experimental R&B duo Def Chronic online before spending a year as a hype woman for Swedish rapper Afasi. Now she's one of Sweden's most promising pop stars. Last month, Sey invited 130 black and mixed race women on stage with her at the Nordic nation's Grammy Awards – a statement that was compared to her idol, Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance.
Like all truly modern pop stars, Larsson came to fame via a TV show – the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent. Her 2013 album, Introducing was certified as Triple Platinum. Her MNEK collaboration, "Never Forget You" is climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and last week she visited BBC Radio’s Live Lounge to perform a cover of Bryson Tiller’s massively successful single Don't, that's not to be missed.
Her international touring schedule is full and her music video with Major Lazer and DJ Snake for their song "Lean On" has a cheeky one billion views on YouTube. Why the fuss? The Grimes-a-like Danish punk-pop princess is a style icon as well as hit-maker. Her girlish voice and sport-goth style are best exhibited in the video for "Kamikaze", where we see her riding on top of a car in Kiev, wearing a Nike sports bra and billowing cream culottes with a face full of Givenchy jewellery.
The Liberian-American born Jacqueline Mapei Cummings, grew up in Stockholm but moved to Brooklyn aged eighteen. After beginning as a rapper, she's since staked her claim as a singer/songwriter with her 2013 single "Don't Wait", which she performed on The Letterman Show. A version featuring Chance the Rapper was released in March 2014.