Wafia

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Wafia
Birth name Wafia Al-Rikabi
Born (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 25)
Netherlands
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Songwriter
  • Vocalist
Labels Future Classic
Associated acts
  • Charles Murdoch
  • Ta-ku
  • Thomston
Website wafiamusic.com

Wafia Al-Rikabi (born 4 August 1993), known professionally as Wafia, is an Australian singer songwriter of Arab origin. Originally studying biomedicine at university, she began to write songs to escape its monotony.[1] Her first major hit was "Let Me Love You," garnering almost 5 million plays on Soundcloud.

She has since signed to indie record label Future Classic, releasing her debut EP XXIX in November 2015. The EP's lead single "Heartburn," produced by Ta-ku[2], received praise from producer Pharrell Williams being played during his Beats 1 radio show.[3]

In March 2016, she released the single "Window Seat" in collaboration with the New Zealand producer Thomston. Later in August 2016, she collaborated again with the Australian producer Ta-ku, releasing the EP (m)edian. The EP features a story about compromise in relationships, which both Wafia and Ta-ku experienced independently in of each other in their lives.[4]

Wafia released a new single, "Bodies," in late 2017. It was written on the day her family members were denied refugee status for entrance into Australia, which influenced the track's lyrics. However, due to her dislike of pseudo-intellectual feeling music, the track was instead upbeat in contrast to the lyrics in an attempt to make the song accessible.[5]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
XXIX[6]
  • Released: 20 November 2015
  • Label: Future Classic
(m)edian[7]
(Ta-ku and Wafia)
  • Released: 5 August 2016
  • Label: Future Classic
VIII[8]
  • Released: 19 January 2018
  • Label: Future Classic

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released, and album name
Title Year Album
"Window Seat"[9]
(Thomston & Wafia)
2016 Topograph
"Heartburn"[10] XXIX
"Meet in the Middle" (Ekali Remix)[11]
(Ta-ku and Wafia)
Non-album single
"83 Days"[12] 2017 VIII
"Bodies"[13]
"I'm Good"[14] 2018 TBA

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released, and album name
Title Year Album
"Frogs"[15]
(Charles Murdoch feat. Ta-ku, Wafia & Hak)
2015 Point
"American Girl"[16]
(Ta-ku feat. Wafia)
Non-album singles
"Leave (Get Out)"[17]
(Ta-ku feat. Wafia)
2017
"Better Not"[18]
(Louis the Child feat. Wafia)
2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Brisbane voice taking the world by storm". Brisbane Times. 17 November 2015. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Wafia has signed to Future Classic & her Ta-ku produced debut 'Heartburn' is here. - Project U". Project U. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Taking a (Window) Seat Next to Wafia". Grazia. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Ta-ku and Wafia team up for joint EP & tour, share 'Meet Me In The Middle'". Triple J. 24 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 August 2016. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Wafia's 'Bodies' is purposeful pop at it's most accessible - Project U". Project U. 1 September 2017. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ "XXIX - EP by Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 23 May 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ "(m)edian - EP by Ta-ku & Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  8. ^ "VIII - EP by Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Window Seat - Single by Thomston & Wafia". iTunes. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Heartburn - Single by Wafia". iTunes. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Meet in the Middle (Ekali Remix) - Single by Ta-ku & Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  12. ^ "83 Days - Single by Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Bodies - Single by Wafia". iTunes. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  14. ^ "I'm Good – Single by Wafia". iTunes. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Frogs (feat. Ta-ku, Wafia & Hak) - Single by Charles Murdoch". iTunes. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  16. ^ "American Girl (feat. Wafia) - Single by Ta-ku". iTunes. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Leave (Get Out) [triple j Like a Version] [feat. Wafia] - Single". iTunes. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. ^ Better Not (feat. Wafia) - Single by Louis The Child, 2018-04-13, retrieved 2018-04-13