Wafia Al-Rikabi makes brooding electronic-pop with a soulful delivery as Wafia. A Netherlands-born, Brisbane, Australia-based musician of Arab descent that inspires some of her music, she had an intercontinental upbringing before beginning to write songs as a break from premed studies at university.
In the summer of 2014, she uploaded the song "Let Me Love You," and it accumulated millions of plays. Named for the atomic number of copper expressed in Roman numerals, her debut EP, XXIX, was released in 2015 by Future Classic, home of electronic artists such as Flume and Chet Faker (Nick Murphy). She followed it a year later with a collaborative EP with labelmate Ta-ku called (m)edian. Still with Future Classic, the single "83 Days" arrived in May 2017, accompanied by a live acoustic version with singer/songwriter Ben Abraham on piano and backing vocals. Another solo single, "Bodies," followed that September.