Sakima is an English singer-songwriter and producer who goes by the stage name Isaac Sakima. Sakima’s work regularly addresses LGBT issues that are rarely addressed in popular music.
Isaac Sakima was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and grew up in Milton Keynes. He eventually moved back to Newcastle and now considers himself a Geordie. Sakima first felt a gay attraction to another student when he was six years old. He began making music when he was eight years old.
He is a singer-songwriter residing in London. Zane Lowe aired his debut single ‘Energy’ on BBC Radio 1 in August 2014, and it was hailed as a ‘moody pop ballad.’ He has collaborated with Ryan Hemsworth and Cyril Hahn. Sakima was collaborating with Ardie Farhadieh, a Chicago-based manager, and Wick Management. For his song ‘Energy,’ Farhadieh connected Sakima with Jakwob and his label Boom Ting. Sakima was managed by Empire, a firm based in the United Kingdom, in 2014.
R3hab released The Wave in 2018, which included the song ‘ack to You’ with Sakima. Sakima released the single ”Holy Water’ from his debut album Project Peach, which was published in 2019, on September 14, 2018.
‘With a reverb-and-trap-heavy fog enveloping him, he traverses through self-love as a spiritual exercise, in effect, converting RuPaul’s popular phrase into a prayer of sorts,’ says Joshua Bote of Billboard.
Sakima has been referred to as an ‘R&B artist,’ ‘alternative pop singer’, ‘electro-R&B musician,’ and a ‘pop performer’ in the media. Sakima sings queer-themed pop and R&B songs. Sakima says that he hopes to normalize LGBT experiences by incorporating queer stories and a gay perspective into standard pop and R&B music.
Sakima is a Londoner. He is a gay man. Sakima stated about his sexuality: “I never ‘discovered’ that I was gay… I’d always suspected it. Nothing has ever been different for me. I’ve never experienced what it’s like to be locked away in a closet. I’ve never experienced what it’s like to be cut off from a part of yourself”.