With highly personal songs inspired by heartbreak and her Arab Muslim heritage, electro-pop singer-songwriter Wafia represents for seldom-heard voices on the international pop scene.
• Born in the Netherlands to a Syrian mother and Iraqi father, Wafia Al-Rikabi moved to Australia with her family as a child. Though she was planning on a career in medicine, Wafia started writing songs during her second year of college to “escape the monotony”.
• She emerged in 2014 with a lean electro-pop cover of Mario’s 2004 smash “Let Me Love You”.
• Her 2015 EP XXIX included the song “Heartburn”, which superstar musician and producer Pharrell Williams liked enough to play on his Beats1 radio show.
• In 2018, following two more EPs and a string of singles, Wafia was the featured vocalist on Los Angeles duo Louis The Child’s single “Better Not”, which reached the Top 20 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart in the US and went gold.
• Wafia moved to L.A. in March 2020 and released her fourth EP, Good Things, that August.
BORN04 August 1993