Decades: 2000s


Saba Anglana, Mogadishu, Somalia. Born to an Ethiopian mother and an Italian father, Saba moved to Italy at the age of five when her parents were obliged to leave her homeland. The move was prompted by prejudice directed against the racially-mixed marriage and as Saba grew up this and kindred prejudices fuelled her attitude towards the world. She developed a drive to express herself and her struggle against racism through whatever means available to her. She became an actress, attracting considerable attention in Italy through a continuing role in La Squadra, a popular television drama. In this series, which she joined in the second and third season, Saba took the role of Katia Ricci, a black police officer battling racist opposition inside and outside the police force.

In her music, Saba has focused on the complex and often difficult relationship between Italy and Somalia (formerly an Italian colony). On her 2007 debut, Jidka, she sang...

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