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HipHop Africa WomanCrushWednesday: Sierra Leone’s Nata Is Rap’s Sweetheart.

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Born Aminata “Nata” Bangura in The Bronx, New York but also raised in New Jersey— both areas had shaped her insight and love for Hip Hop culture (alongside being first generation Sierra Leonean- American).

From singing in school/church choirs, being in dance teams and writing poetry; Nata has always had a musical background since the earliest of 7 years old. Hip-hop became a huge influence for her at the start of middle school when she discovered older artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Diggable Planets, Common and more. As the years passed on her knowledge and strength in metaphors, double entendres and the importance of cadence grew although just being a listener.

2017, her last year of college, was the start of her switch from writing poems to rhymes. Artists like JayZ, Dipset, Missy Elliot, and Lauryn Hill influenced her interest.

2018 however, was the first time she put out an official freestyle and has being consistent since then. “Finally” the EP, was her first collective of music to ever drop on February 22, 2019.

In 2020, not only did she release her biggest record at 40K views now on YouTube “Art Thou”, but has been recognized by the likes of HOT 97, Missy Elliot & more. Nata strives to be a product for not only Hip Hop culture but for music in general.

In 2021, the US-based Sierra Leonean artist Nata was nominated in three different categories at the AFRIMA. She was the only Sierra Leonean nominated for that year along with Sarkodie, Nasty C, Ladipoe, Khaligraph Jones, Vector and others.

Newcomer Nata aka “Rap Sweetheart” was nominated in the categories of Best African Rapper/ Lyricist, Best Female Artist in International Music and Best African Act in Diaspora (Female).

The next year, she was again nominated in the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2022 in two categories of Best African Act in Diaspora (Female) and Best African Rapper/Lyricist for her track ’94’.

Instagram: @illl.nata
Twitter: @Illlnata


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Daniji Emmanuel is a content writer who has written hundreds of articles on various niches focusing on Entertainment topics. He’s also published interviews, conducted research and written opinions on the creative industry. BigDan, fondly called, also consults and handles brand promotions for people and organizations in the creative industry. 

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