Presented by Fifty Lab Music Festival • BE

Wednesday 16.11

We hear a lot of stereotypes about Gen Z, but 21-year-old and self-described “old soul” HAWA seems to find outside herself most boxes that people try to put her in. From growing up in Guinea, to entering into the musical industry by way of the New York Philharmonic, to her love for Tracy Chapman, HAWA’s story as an artist is one that’s not seen too often. For HAWA, it’s just her life.

After a series of successful singles, HAWA released her critically-acclaimed debut EP the ONE in March 2020. She takes pride in the fluidity of her own sound and enjoys when people can’t ascribe a singular genre, traversing effortlessly between Rap, R&B, Afrobeat, and beyond. Aside from performing in Telfar’s Pitti Uomo fashion show in Florence, atop an ornate table for the likes of Solange, Kelela, and Juliana Huxtable, and grabbing Vogue’s attention at the Gap x Telfar’s event in Paris, the 21-year-old prodigy has not even begun to scratch the surface of her prowess with The ONE.

HAWA’s artistry continues to expand, we look forward to her debut full length album HADJA BANGOURA., set for release with 4AD in 2022.