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Rina Sawayama (Japanese: リナ サワヤマ; born 16 August 1990) is a Japanese singer, songwriter and model. Born in Niigata, she was raised from a young age in London, where she currently resides and holds an UK indefinite leave to remain (ILR) visa.
While studying politics, psychology and sociology at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, Sawayama was a member of a hip hop group called Lazy Lion, which also had Theo Ellis from the indie rock band Wolf Alice. Following her graduation from the university with a degree in political science, she began her solo career in 2013, with the single "Sleeping in Waking." Her debut extended play, Rina, was released in 2017, before her debut studio album, Sawayama, was released on 17 April 2020. Sawayama was widely acclaimed by music critics.
Last Updated: July 30, 2020