Chandrika Darbari a.k.a. Rika is not your average pop singer. Of multicultural Indian and Serbian heritage, she is also every inch a modern young Londoner. Confident and determined, she boldly fuses her personal history with the thoughts and concerns of world events happening around us to produce powerful narratives on love, life and meaning in the world.
Hailed as a breakthrough artist for 2018: Rika first gained attention in December 2016 when her track “For Peace In Syria” went viral because of its heartfelt and powerful lyrics. “As a child myself—at the time I was 16—I just connected with it,” she says. “They did nothing to deserve what hit them. They were just normal children like me, living their lives and all of a sudden this tragedy happened.” The song hit over 800,000 views on YouTube within a week of its upload and is almost at the 1 million mark.
Her first official single ‘No Need‘, released in summer 2017 was championed on BBC Radio 1 by Adele Roberts and Cel Spelman, B-Listed on BBC Asian Network, C-Listed on Gaydio, spins on KISS FM UK, KISS FRESH and has been viewed over 2.1 million times on Youtube to date.On top of that, this uniquely talented artist has been featured in Rolling Stone India and also on the front cover of Serbian and Indian Cosmopolitan magazine as well as FHM magazine. She is also one of BBC AN’s Future Artists of 2018 and is being fully supported by them all year.
Now Rika releases her second single “The Others”, co-written with Karen Harding who had a top ten hit with Say Something in 2015. The song features an upbeat message to “that special someone”- as they’re “nothing like the others”.
With so many accomplishments already under her belt, it is hard to believe she is still only 17 years old. If there was ever an emerging artist to watch closely it is Rika.