Songstress and video vixen, Aminata Kabba, formerly known as A*M*E (think “Amy”), is a Sierra Leonean-born British musical phenomena. At the age of eight, music-loving Kabba, made a brisk jump from her home-base of Sierra Leone to London after her mother’s hair salon burned down and living conditions became less than ideal.

In her new surroundings in southeast London, Kabba quickly cultivated a firm, creative foundation. Inspired by pop-princesses of the moment, she formed a backyard version of American girl-group, “Destiny’s Child”, which she called “Independent Girls”. Not long after experimenting with local show venues and captivating young audiences, Kabba was introduced into collaborations with mega-producer, colleague MNEK. This became a lucrative and beneficial pairing for the two songbirds whose composition ,“City Lights”, grabbed the attention of Gary Barlow, frontman of “Take That”, who signed Kabba to his “Future Records” label.


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Kabba’s ambition, determination, and supreme talent proved insurmountably lethal. She saw her first major, commercial success in a song called “Beautiful Stranger”, which she co-wrote with Cutfather. It was recorded and released by K-pop band f(x); soon becoming a top 40 hit in Korea. Next, the songstress hooked up with the internationally acclaimed Emeli Sandé and powerhouse producer Naughty Boy to co-write “Find a Boy”. Later, Kabba teamed up with Cheryl Cole, laying near-perfect background vocals on the British musician’s track “One Thousand”, featured on her third album titled “A Million Lights” in 2012. These music industry victories propelled Kabba forward to further commercial success.

Her first commercial single “Play the Game Boy” was produced by Electric and received rave reviews worldwide. With a mixture of ridiculously contagious choruses, zany-delicious K-pop references, and perfect, pop pugnacity, this one’s sure to hit repeat on your personal playlist. (gym-rats can I get an amen?)

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In March of 2013, Kabba would partner with Duke Dumont to produce their most successful single at the time. This track entitled: “Need U (100%)”, debuted at no.1 and remained there for two consecutive weeks earning it a nomination for the Best Dance Recording category at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. It was around this time that Kabba was wrapping up finishing touches on her debut album through Epic Records.

Alas, Kabba released her second official single, “Heartless”, produced by Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub on the 14th of July in 2014 . Additionally, she was featured on Monsieur Adi’s single “What’s Going On?”, officially released in November of 2013. During 2013-2014, Kabba co-wrote two more songs; “Stereotype” by Norwegian singer-songwriter Samsaya and “Future X Girl” by British group Neon Jungle. Kabba also recorded backing vocals for the latter. Needless to say, the girl has been busy!

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In 2020, KABBA released her self-titled EP. The record touts infection, bass-heavy commercial bangers. True to her form, this EP is a commercially viable pop standard format, while showcasing her extensive vocal abilities without compromise.

KABBA’s EP is available everywhere now! CLICK HERE to check it out on your favorite platform.

The record was produced by MNEK, written by Ryan Ashley, MNEK, and KABBA. Mixed & Mastered by Geordan Reid-Campbell.

| Words: Ryan de Jong for Orenda Magazine |



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