Sister Fa was born 1982 in Dakar, Senegal.
Sister Fa takes her first steps in rap music in 2000. Recording her first demo-tape, she gets to know the Senegalese rap community and participates in first festivals. One year later at the age of nineteen she is invited for the first time to perform at the Senegalese HipHop Awards where the best Hip-Hop singers are decorated. At the beginning of 2002 the French producer Philipp Mogan makes a film-documentary on Sister Fa, in which she is introducing to the Senegalese rap scene. She is invited to participate in a music-compilation called Art City with French and Senegalese rappers that is produced with the help of ENDA Tiers Monde. In the same year she represents the Senegal at the Festival de rap feminine international in Guinea Conakry.
In 2003 she joins the label FN’F (Fight n´ Forget) where she participates on several compilations. For the second time, she is invited to the Senegalese HipHop Awards – dedicated that year to the fight against AIDS – and from which a compilation was released Tous Rappons le Sida with a contribution by Sister Fa.
First album and an award
In August 2005, her long awaited first solo-album was finally released in Senegal which she had produced herself with great love and enthusiasm. The same year in December at the fifth Senegalese HipHop Awards her dedicated hard work paid off and Sister Fa was nominated Best Newcomer of the Year.
Sister Fa uses her growing popularity and her music to progress her engagement and to create consciousness in social and political themes – focussing on women’s situation in Senegal. In 2004 she participates at another compilation by producer Maestro Sega; Moye Lolou is released exclusively for the Senegalese market.
Move to Berlin
In march 2006, Sister Fa moves to Berlin, Germany, to live with her husband, an Austrian ethnologist and documentary filmmaker. In Berlin, she continues her social and political engagement. She participated at a compilation of the bpb (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) on the subject “Pop and Islam” which was released under the title Many Lessons with the label Piranha. Since her arrival Sister Fa also played concerts, e.g. at the Ethno-Film-Festival in Dahlem, Berlin, 2006, at Yaam in Berlin and at Backstage in Munich.
It was in Berlin as well where she met the members of her future band. Since two years now, Sister Fa is constantly developing her repertoire and her style with these professional Jazz musicians. Traditional Senegalese rhythms are joined by rap beats, soul, jazz and reggae elements.
In the meantime, she discovered her amazing singing voice which alouds her to switch with ease between rap, African melodies and pure soul.
As a height of her musical career, Sister Fa released her international debut album Sarabah – Tales from the Flipside of Paradise together with the label Piranha and the help of Initiative Musik in May 2009 (e.g. Germany, France, GB, China, USA), with which she made it up to place 29 at World Music Charts Europe 2009.
With big success Sister Fa & Band are playing concerts in renowned clubs and festivals such as : Moods-Club (Zurich, CH), Kulturbrauerei and the Carneval of Cultures (Berlin, DE), Jazz club A-Trane, Afrika-Festival (Osnabrück, DE), Odyssee – Kulturen der Welt-Festival (DE), Cross Culture Festival in Warsaw (biggest World music festival in Poland), Popdeurope Festival (Berlin), at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express in Paris (FR), Kasumama Afrika Festival near Vienna (A), Karlstorfbahnhof (Heidelberg, DE), at the Weltnachtfestival (Bielefeld, DE), World Fusion Music Festival (Sosnowiec, Poland), at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (Newfoundland, Canada) and the Africaday (Den Haag, Netherlands) and the 11th African Music Festival (London, GB).
In October 2009 she went to perform in New York. Together with artists such as Harry Belafonte, John McLaughlin and Angélique Kidjo, she was invited as an artist and as a peace ambassador to the UN Day Concert themed A tribute to peacekeeping.
In June 2010 Sister Fa had the honour together with Stars like Katja Riemann, Roger Moore, Mario Adorf and Karl Lagerfeld to use her voice at the UNICEF Gala An Evening for Africa in Offenburg, Germany for the African continent.
In March 2011 Sister Fa was nominated for the A Matter of ACT Human Rights Award at the Movies That Matter Festival in Den Haag, Netherlands as well as the movie “Sarabah” about her. The movie won the Documentary Award.
In October 2013 Sister Fa was invited at The Power 1000, London’s most influential people party. Where she delivered a speech and met London’s mayor Boris Johnson. Sister Fa is also a frequent guest on TV channels like CNN, BBC or Deutsche Welle.
With all her heart, Sister Fa stands up for the fight against female genital cutting. The wish to sensitize the population of her home country was the origin of her Education sans Excision (Education without Cutting) project. Since 2008 she tours every year very successful with her band through Senegal. In cooperation with NGO’s like Tostan, Orchid Project and World Vision she achieved beside many other things, that the inhabitants of her home village Thionck Essyl now officially abandoned this practice of cutting the young girls.
For her tireless work to better the situation of the woman and girls in her homeland Senegal, Freedom To Create awarded Sister Fa in November 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with the main prize.
Currently Sister Fa is planning a new album with her band.