AGE: 101 / UK
Sónar by Day - SonarVillage by Estrella Damm
Simbiatu Ajikawo is a young vocalist, actress and rapper from London with Nigerian roots. She can be heard exclusively through her own AGE label: 101, on which she released her first album in 2015, "A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons", earning her prominent positions in British independent listings specializing in r&b. Last year she released her second album, "Stillness in Wonderland", which saw her return to experimenting with new narratives derived from rap whilst bringing her big personality to the genre.
2017 saw her profile grow and reach mass audiences thanks to her participation in the recording of Humanz, the new album by Gorillaz, who will also perform a peak time set on one of the main stages at Sónar 2018. Little Simz's vocal chords can be heard on the track "Garage Palace", a short but extremely powerful composition, which even incorporates elements of trance, and was one of the 14 songs featured on the deluxe Vinyl LP edition. She is most certainly one to watch closely in the coming years and could well be a future star of the UK's hip hop scene and beyond.