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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Wafia magnifies identifiable and idiosyncratic experiences in the form of alternative pop anthems. The gold-selling Netherlands-born Australia-based Iraqi-Syrian songstress relies on a keen sense of observation and sharp pen as she catalogs the world in real-time on her 2020 debut for Atlantic Records. Having kicked off her career with her 2014 debut single “Let Me Love You” and 2015 debut EP, XXIX, Wafia broke onto the mainstream with Louis The Child’s RIAA gold-certified smash, “Better Not” with subsequent praise from W, Idolator, Ladygunn, NPR, Wonderland, i-D, and more. Clocking nearly 300 million cumulative streams and earning the praise of The FADER and Refinery29, Wafia is keenly aware of her position in life and is committed to empowering marginalized communities, at home and abroad, and helping women of all shapes, sizes, and nationalities find themselves in her music. Art is personal to be sure, but Wafia firmly believes that gifts are meant to be shared and is passionate about sharing her gift with the world by creating an environment that says all are welcome here.
Her 2019 single “Hurts” with Louis The Child and Whethan bears that level of intimacy. Between dreamy synths and a delicate beat, her sweet delivery slips from understated verses into a strikingly soulful hook as she croons, “It hurts a little more, when you’re talking like that, every word you write back, if you really want me out the door.”
In the end, Wafia makes music you’ll treasure like an unforgettable memory.