The 24-year-old artist, Wafia, today releases a live version of her current single ‘Bodies’. The track was recorded with co-writer Ben Abraham and is accompanied by intimate home video footage from Wafia’s childhood. Watch it below:
“Over the years, my mother has chronicled our travels with family videos”, Wafia explains. “We are an immigrant family and this was the best way we could show family back home what our day to day life was like. In 2006 we visited Syria and this was the first time our family videos included them. This video is really special to my heart and is soundtracked by a live version of Bodies performed by it’s co-writer, Ben Abraham, and myself. From my family to yours.”
This live recording and home video follows the release of her official video for the single, which premiered via NYLON earlier this month and comes in support of Wafia’s highly anticipated VIII EP, which is now set for release on January 19 on Future Classic.
Wafia (Al-Rikabi) – who was born in the Netherlands to Syrian and Iraqi parents and is now based in Brisbane – wrote ‘Bodies’ on the day her Syrian family was denied permission to enter Australia amidst the escalating conflict there and Trump’s Muslim ban in America. ‘Bodies’ was co-written by Ben Abraham (Kesha’s ‘Praying’), produced by Robopop (Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX), and follows ‘83 Days‘, the first song released from the forthcoming VIII EP.
Wafia also today shares North American tour dates in January and February of 2018, in addition to European dates with BØRNS next month. Kicking off in Vancouver, the North American tour will make stops in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and more. See below for full dates and details.
Pre-order VIII EP, including tracks ‘83 Days’ and ‘Bodies’ now.
WAFIA TOUR DATES
November 15 – London, UK – Scala*
November 16 – Amsterdam, NED – Q-Factory*
November 18 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall*
November 19 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand*
November 21 – Berlin, DE – Lido*
November 24 – Paris, FR – Les Etoiles Theatre*
January 1- Sydney, NSW – Field Day Festival
January 22 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
January 23 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
January 24 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
January 26 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
January 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge
January 29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
January 30 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
February 1 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade
February 2 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
February 3 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
Tickets at wafiamusic.com