Rising vocalist and songwriter Wafia’s new single “Bodies” debuts today via Vice’sBroadly—listen to the song here and read their Q&A with Wafia here. Wafia—who was born in the Netherlands to Syrian and Iraqi parents and is now based in Australia—wrote the track on the day her Syrian family was denied permission to enter Australia amidst the escalating conflict there, while Trump continued to threaten Muslim ban in America.
“I wanted to draw similarities between the large groups of Syrian refugees walking miles to safety and those that can protest freely in the western world,” says Wafia. “I can’t think of anything more human and simple than reminding ourselves that we are fragile bodies but the strength that can come of bodies in large numbers. We live in a world where so many things are difficult and divisive but I wanted this song to be accessible and inclusive because at the end of the day we all want to be a part of something bigger than us and this is the best way I knew how to portray that.”
“Bodies” was co-written by Ben Abraham (Kesha’s “Praying”), produced by Robopop(Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX) and follows the release of “83 Days,” the first track off Wafia’s forthcoming VIII EP, set for release October13 via FutureClassic.
The new music follows last year’s collaborative EP with Future Classic labelmate Ta-ku,(m)edian, and the duo’s subsequent critically acclaimed world tour. Watch them perform forNPR’s Tiny Desk Concerthere.
Wafia is 23-year-old Wafia Al-Rikabi. She rose to prominence after posting a Thrupence-produced cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” online. The release of Wafia’s debut EPXXIX, which featured the viral hit “Heartburn,” followed in 2015.