Note: One day in 2006 I received a phone call from Andy Collins. He had me at, “Hello” with his smooth voice draped in an English accent. He wanted to talk about his idea of a website about black culture in Sweden. He also offered to update my Black Women in Europe™ logo. He’s been my idol ever since.–Adrianne George
Andy Collins is freelance graphic designer and entrepreneur from London, England and lives in Uppsala, Sweden.
After arriving in 2005, Andy started the Afro-Swedish website urbanlife.se, a unique platform at the time focused on highlighting and supporting afro-Swedish culture.
His design projects reflected his desire to work with Black culture and the community with clients such as CinemAfrica, African History Week and Black Women in Europe™.
A passionate music lover and DJ in 2014 Andy started Urbanlife Radio sent directly from Uppsala’s Castle. He has also DJ’ed at several venues around Uppsala.
Since then he has been involved in several projects and currently devotes his time to supporting soul music from across Scandinavia on scandinaviansoul.com.
The website held the first ever Scandinavian Soul festival in 2013 and holds an annual award show.