Need To Know: Seinabo Sey
By Alex Panisch
The notion of “soul-pop,” in and of itself, seems fraught with contradiction. While singer-songwriters like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse have become legends for their soulful pop music, one only needs to give Seinabo Sey’s “Younger” a listen to realize that Sey’s sound is something entirely unique.
Though her music is most definitely driven by her impassioned vocals, Sey interweaves her own voice with synths and the percussions. This layering of Seinabo’s own rich voice, a pop structure, and electronic elements is masterfully done, but that’s to be expected; the young songstress, who grew up in both Gambia and Sweden, has been forging together disparate aspects of her own identity for years.
“I’ve always felt a bit caught in the middle of things and I definitely think that has affected my music and life,” Sey explains. “Always having to understand extremes to some extent has probably made me less afraid to try new things and play around with merging things together.”
Though Sey grew up in two different cultures, as the daughter of the famed West African musician Mawdo Sey, music has been a constant in her life. “My father had a band in both Sweden and Gambia so I’ve always been surrounded by musicians and different kinds of music” the "Hard Time" singer says.
With her singles “Younger” and “Hard Time” finding international acclaim, the 23-year-old singer has begun work on “creating the greatest album humanly possible” and touring Europe. Though little is known about her album, if her singles are any indication, it’ll be a must listen.