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Simbiatu ‘Simbi’ Abisola Abiola Ajikawo (born 23 February 1994), better known by her stage name Little Simz, is an English rapper, singer and actress. Following the release of four mixtapes and five EPs, she released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons on 18 September 2015 through her independent label, AGE: 101 Music. The album entered the UK R&B Albums Chart at number 20 and the UK Independent Albums Chart at number 43. She released her second studio album Stillness in Wonderland in 2016 and her third studio album Grey Area in 2019.

Career

Acting

Simz appeared as Vicky in the BBC children’s series Spirit Warriors, originally broadcast in 2010, and as Meleka in the E4 television series, Youngers.

Simz was also the narrator for the television series, Afrofuturism.

She appeared in Netflix’s revival and third series of “Top Boy” premiering on Autumn 2019.

Music

Simz is often nicknamed “Bars Simzson”.[by whom?] She describes her music as rap and experimental.

Simz has performed alongside Estelle, Tinie Tempah, Ms. Dynamite and Kano.

Simz has performed at Rising Tide, ILUVLIVE, Industry Takeover (Urban Development) Hackney Empire, Somerset House and the House of Lords. She also performed at the BBC 1Xtra Prom 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside a full orchestra led by Jules Buckley.

Simz can be heard on the Leave to Remain film soundtrack, performing the song “Leave It As That”. In early 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio 1 Xtra to discuss her performance at the Hackney Weekend.

Simz then went on to do a Maida Vale session for Huw Stephens, and has since gone on to receive critical acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe, Dizzee Rascal and Revolt TV.[citation needed] She also has received praise from Kendrick Lamar.

On 16 December 2016 she released her second studio album Stillness in Wonderland. It was inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and supported by a comic book, art exhibition and festival.

In 2017, she performed as the opening act for Gorillaz during their Humanz Tour, and was the vocalist for the song “Garage Palace”, featured on the Super Deluxe edition of their album Humanz.

On 1 March 2019 she released her third studio album Grey Area to widespread critical acclaim.

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