"Wafia is the Muslim, Iraqi-Syrian, queer artist that is single-handedly shaking up the music industry with her ‘purposeful pop’ – her multi-national identity being at the epicenter of her music.”
“Armed with a euphonious voice and a penchant for brooding synths, you know she's the real deal…”
“Vulnerability and transparency is what makes Wafia's music so powerful…”
Atlantic Records have announced the label debut single from groundbreaking singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Wafia. “Hurts (Feat. Louis the Child & Whethan)” is available today at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. The bouncy, euphoric track is joined by a stunning companion video directed by acclaimed Chicago-based filmmaker collective, Weird Life Films (Laura Gordon, Mike Monachos, Ryan Ohm and Jackson James) and is now streaming HERE.
“Hurts came together so quickly on the day I first met Sarah Aarons and wrote it with her. The session itself went for like 13 hours but mostly because we were just hanging out, getting to know each other and in between all that we were writing the song on just keys with Rogét Chahayed,” says Wafia, “We loved the song and called Whethan that night to come over to the house to lay some ideas down on it. It wasn’t till months after that we felt the Louis The Child boys should hop on too. When it came time to film the video it just felt so right to be filming it in Whethan and Louis The Child’s hometown of Chicago around my Lollapalooza appearance for ‘Better Not’. This song to me is such a labor of love between friends and I feel so lucky to get to make music with these incredible people.”
“We were so excited to collaborate with two of our favorite people, Wafia and Whethan.” says Louis The Child, “We hope you love it as much as we do.”Hailed by VOGUE as “the 24-year-old, Muslim, Iraqi-Syrian, queer artist that is single handedly shaking up the music industry with her ‘purposeful pop,’” Wafia has made waves for magnifying identifiable and idiosyncratic experiences in the form of alternative electro anthems rich with keen observation and lyrical power. She first arrived with an initial series of independent releases and collaborations but truly captured the world’s attention with her featured role on Louis the Child’s 2018 smash, “Better Not (Feat. Wafia),” streaming HERE. The track earned worldwide streams in excess of 200 million along with a RIAA Gold certification and widespread acclaim from the likes of W, Idolator, Ladygunn, NPR, Wonderland, i-D, and more.
WAFIA LIVE DATES - JANUARY 2020
SATURDAY 18 – JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
FRIDAY 24 – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 25 – THE METRO, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 26 – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
With special guest: Banoffee
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