Bubbling with Oumië

A fan of Jamaican music since living in Sweden, Oumië has longed to record a dancehall/reggae song. That finally came to pass with Bubble, released in July.

The Los Angeles-based singer recorded the song with E-Dee, a Jamaican artiste/actor who also lives in Southern California.

The suggestion to collaborate with the Clarendon-born E-Dee came from Huc, her studio engineer, who also produced Bubble.

"We recorded one song which is called Spend it. It's a danchall song as well, and once we recorded that song Huc said, 'Since E-Dee is already here, let him hear the other song and see if he can jump on it'. After that statement the rest was history, Bubble was created just like that," Oumië recalled.

Bubble is a far cry from Waste and Myself, her previous songs, which had a pop feel.

Born in The Gambia, Oumië moved to Sweden at age five. Living in Stockholm, she soaked up the Swedish capital's diverse cultures which included Jamaican music.

"I heard dancehall music for the first time in Sweden. I think Shabba's Mr Loverman and Inner Circle's Sweat are the first songs I was introduced to before the dancehall sound that we hear now such as Sean Paul, Busy Signal, Mavado, Alkaline and Popcaan, just to mention a few," she said.

There are plans to release Spend It as a follow-up to Bubble.

Howard Campbell

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