Wafia Al-Rikabi makes brooding EDM with a soulful delivery as Wafia. A Netherlands-born, Brisbane, Australia-based musician of Arab descent that inspires some of her music.
With praise from Pharrell Williams and regular features on Kylie Jenner’s snapchat, Wafia has become one of Australia’s most intriguing and talented young artists.
After a brief stint at university studying biomedicine, the Brisbane-based singer songwriter returned to doing what she does best, writing songs and singing hits. Her cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” produced by label mate Thrupence became a surprise online success, garnering over 3 million plays on Soundcloud. Then her debut EP XXIX, featured the Ta-ku-produced lead single “Heartburn”, which scored her a Beats 1 radio play and a full rotation addition on Triple J.
Her live performances have included solo shows at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, a headline US tour and an appearance at NPR’s Tiny Desk Sessions with various stripped down acoustic performances being a highlight of her repertoire.
We are overwhelmed to have Wafia grace us with her brooding sounds, making GMF 2019 even more special!