By Noemie Attia
December 2, 2018
On a frosty Sunday night, the small space of The Wise was barely half full. In the middle of the dark, beer infused walls of the venue, flew the velvety and perfect-pitched voice of Australian singer-songwriter Wafia. Dressed in comfy clothes—probably the ones she wore when she composed her tunes, in between biomedicine classes and university homework—she casted a comforting yet lively energy.
The simple instrumental line with the energetic DJ/guitar player and the pink and blue lights made her set joyful and popy with feel-good R&B vibes. Her hit “I’m Good” resonated perfectly on this cold night, where an ode to independence and self-love was most needed. Even though her style seems very common for the era we live in, the set was funky and even disco at some points. She is definitely more than just an electro-pop artist.
The casualness of Wafia, who began her first song with a mic bump in her face, makes her art accessible and relatable. It is possible to be a pop princess while wearing a hoodie and jogging pants. She admits she forgot to play one or her songs, which makes up for an encore that she doesn’t normally do. The audience could only be happy to listen to more of her.
Her honest, mildly clumsy and super chill persona does not however impede on her musical talent. The little crowd cheerfully danced to her mellow beats and her delightful voice didn’t have any off-tune notes. Despite the small size of her shows, Wafia is definitely a pro.