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Sevda Alizadeh (born 1 September 1987 in Tehran, Iran), known professionally as Sevdaliza, is a Rotterdam, The Netherlands based Iranian-Dutch singer and songwriter. Born in Iran and based in the Netherlands, she was originally a professional basketball player before embarking on a music career. Her music consists of breathy vocals contrasting with heavy basslines. It has been described as a fusion of trip hop, neo-soul, and alternative R&B, while incorporating influences from various other sources.

Her visually sophisticated music videos caught the attention of many international blogs and magazines, with Complex nominating her video for "Sirens of the Caspian" as a top ten video of the year in 2014. This was succeeded by features with Vogue and Alexander Wang, while H&M made her a brand ambassador. Sevdaliza herself describes her music as "raw, strong, and vulnerable", while her stage persona is "everything (the audience) want(s) (her) to be".