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1) Awa Matilda Isakine Santesson-Sey (born July,1997 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish singer and the winner of Swedish X Factor 2012. Her father comes from Senegal and her mother from Sweden. She began taking singing lessons at the age of nine. Since December 2012 Awa has been working on her debut album with her label and get to work with 150,000 dollars, which is the price when winning Swedish X Factor. Her first single Not Ready to Say Goodbye was released 15 November 2013. Awa also won the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice of 2013.

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2) Awa has been writing songs since the tender age of ten and got her first publishing deal at Universal Music Publishing at age 15. Her 3X swedish Grammy nominated debutalbum called “Sounds Like Me” was released in 2002. (SONY, KRED) The then 19 year old Awa produced and programmed 9 out of 13 tracks on the album and co-produced 3. This earned her the first swedish Grammy “Producer of the year” nomination ever given to a female. During all of this time she’s had the opportunity to work and write with several great talents in the industry such as Mark Hill(of the Artful Dodger) who co-wrote and produced the track “Look at me” on the album. Other names include dynamic duo Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers, standing behind major Pop/RnB sensation Rhianna! She also had the great honour of accompanying Wyclef Jean on the arena The Globe in Stockholm replacing Mary J Blige, performing the smash “911”, as well as performing with Will Smith and Wyclef toghether on a later occasion. Having a swedish mom and a gambian dad, her music has always had that mix of traditional swedish melody thinking blended with a backbeat rhythm.

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