S3 | The R&B star standing up for sisterhood

September 12, 2017

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Sherihan Hersi — Cherrie to her friends and fans — is one of Sweden’s biggest emerging artists. She recently picked up a Swedish Grammy award for 2017’s Best Hip Hop/Soul Artist and has collaborated with stars including Stormzy, Seinabo Sey and Zara Larsson.

The 27-year-old is proud to have spent her teenage years growing up in Rinkeby, one of Stockholm’s most notorious suburbs, where she says she made friends for life. But she’s also concerned about how rising crime and mental health problems could affect her neighbourhood’s future, and hopes she can be a role model for future generations.

In this episode Cherrie answers questions including:

  • How did music come into your life?
  • Do you identify yourself as a feminist?
  • What do you think of the way the international media has portrayed your suburb?
  • What have you learnt from working with major global urban artists like Stormzy and Lethal B?
  • Plenty of artists only get a few years in the spotlight. Do you have a backup plan?

Our favourite quote from Cherrie:

“I know that I’m a role model. I come from a tough neighbourhood. There’s never been a black Muslim girl that’s made it this far.”

About The Stockholmer

This podcast was created and presented by Maddy Savage with production support from Benoit Derrier. Our theme music is written and performed by Simian Ghost and used with the band’s permission. Richard Stevens designed our logo. Cherrie’s management team has given us express permission to use her photo on our website and social media and to include a short extract of her track Aldrig Igen in this episode.

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