The 20 Hottest Artistes in Sierra Leone 2021 – SWADU (Natasha Beckley) – #10
Sierra Leonean US-based pageant queen, politician, rapper and founder of IAMSL Pageant, Swadu Natasha Beckley outshines her peers to sit among the top 10 on the list of Sierra Leone Hottest Artistes this year.
2021 saw the revival of Natasha’s musical career and there are compelling reasons to argue that She is the most hardworking female musician in the year 2021.
Although born in Port Loko, North-West Sierra Leone, Natasha left the shores of Sierra Leone at the age of 10 to the United States where She was crowned Miss Africa – USA in 2010. In 2011, she was also crowned with the enviable title of Miss Sierra Leone 2011 in Freetown.
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Natasha Beckley joined the world on politics where she served as a Councillor for Ward 234 at the Port Loko District Council, Northern Sierra Leone. During 2018 general elections, the beauty pageant queen pursued for another political symbol which she lost.
Before coming to music proper, the rapper has done many freestyles and mixtapes. After discovering her uniqueness in the rap scene, Swadu decided to release her first debut album “Freetown The Recipe”. The album contains 13 tracks that combines hip hop, rap, and afro beats. It features the likes of Timaya, Ice Prince, Buckwylla, Sheik Kargbo, Magnito, and Juwhiz.
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The song titled “Freetown” is one of the most popular songs from the album after top rappers jumped into the challenge. The album came with standard videos from production from Nigerian video director, Patrick Elis. The song “Feel Alright” with Timaya was shot in Atlanta.
“Freetown The Recipe” album was a huge success which gave the rapper international recognition. During the promotion of the album, Swadu travelled to Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana where she met with top African rappers like Vector, Ice Prince, Khaligraph Jones, Sarkodie and other celebrities. She toured with Sarkodie during his “No Pressure” album release party in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana respectively.
These entries, moves, collaborations and number of hit songs made by the rapper are the musically-driven reasons why she is the #10 hottest artiste in Sierra Leone 2021.