Upload: Wafia whose lyrics, melodies, beats and emotions all hang in perfect balance
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WHY WE LOVE HER:
Lyrics, melodies, beats and emotions that all hang in perfect balance
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Wafia (Al-Rikabi) - who was born in the Netherlands to Syrian and Iraqi parents and is now based in Brisbane - wrote her single Bodies on the day her Syrian family was denied permission to enter Australia amidst the escalating conflict there and Trump’s Muslim ban in America. Bodies was co-written by Ben Abraham (Kesha’s Praying), produced by Robopop (Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX), and follows 83 Days, the first song released from her forthcoming VIII EP.
The 24-year-old artist has released an official video for Bodies, but also more recently lobbed a powerful live version of Bodies accompanied by intimate home video footage from Wafia’s childhood.
"Over the years, my mother has chronicled our travels with family videos", Wafia explains. "We are an immigrant family and this was the best way we could show family back home what our day to day life was like. In 2006 we visited Syria and this was the first time our family videos included them. This video is really special to my heart and is soundtracked by a live version of Bodies performed by it’s co-writer, Ben Abraham, and myself. From my family to yours."
Wafia’s highly anticipated EP VIII is set for release on January 19. In the meantime, Wafia has also recently dropped a new single called Only Love - again written with Ben Abraham
Wafia released her XXIX EP in 2015 and her single Heartburn was played by Pharrell Williams and Jaden Smith on their Beats 1 radio shows. Kylie Jenner is also a huge fan.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Tickets at wafiamusic.com
January 1- Sydney, NSW - Field Day Festival
January 22 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
January 23 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
January 24 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
January 26 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
January 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge
January 29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
January 30 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
February 1 - Brooklyn NY - Rough Trade
February 2 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
February 3 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd