Sabiyha | new single ‘Love Me Alone’ out now (Dave Okumu studio)

The gutsy new, Dancehall-informed track is a clapback to a period in Sabiyha’s life when a string of toxic relationships were throwing off her sense of self worth. Speaking about the impetus to write ‘Love Me Alone’ to champion empowerment & self-love in response, Sabiyha says; “I’m someone who embraces sexuality, however, that does not give people a free pass to treat me like an object. The behaviour of the men I was meeting made me feel ‘like poison’, assuming I’m someone that I’m not. This song basically says “I’m over this bullsh*t, I’m not letting this affect my self-worth; I’ll love me”.

Tracking a period in Sabiyha’s life when toxic relationships were threatening to throw off her sense of self, ‘Love Me Alone’ claps back to, in her own words, “These f*#k boys with the worst intentions, who would make me feel it was my fault they were acting shady.” It’s an unapologetic, self-love anthem that backs the co-existence of vulnerability and self-worth, sharing much of the gutsy DNA of Sabiyha’s debut single, ‘Choorile’, a feminist reclamation of a Guyanese folkloric term which has become short-hand for women who are perceived to be too loud or assertive.