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HAWA’s Guide to the New York Music Scene

To celebrate the release of her new EP, the singer breaks down some of her favourite acts from the local scene.

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Although HAWA’s first-ever song was released just over a year ago and she graduated from high school this past spring, the 19-year-old has already lived many lives. Born in Berlin to West African parents and raised in New York City, as a pre-teen HAWA was one of the youngest-ever composers for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she toured the world. But soon HAWA’s insatiable creativity became stifled by the classical world’s limitations, forcing her to break out.

2020 has already been a whirlwind year for HAWA. In January, she closed Telfar’s runway show in Florence by performing atop an ornate table above Solange, Kelela and Juliana Huxtable, and followed up with a performance that grabbed Vogue’s attention at Gap x Telfar’s event in Paris. After signing to future-facing label b4, we have no doubt that HAWA is one to watch this year.

Today marks the release of  her debut EP The ONE which includes singles ‘MY LOVE’ and ‘IPHONE’ and is produced by New York underground staple Tony Seltzer along with beats from Cadenza, Kashaka & Australia’s own Oscar Key Sung. To celebrate her new EP, we caught up with the young musician to get her insight on some of the most exciting artists in the ever-evolving New York underground scene.

Follow HAWA here, stream her EP The ONE, and check out the list below!

01. TONY SELTZER


To be honest I go so HARD for Tony. His beats are amazing. The way he makes his music is just so unique. Everything he makes is just amazing.

02. VINNY FANTA


I’m a big fan of Vinny. His flow is just too good. I also love his sound, it’s very underground New York which is one of my favorite genres. Also he is a crazy performer.

03. WIFIGAWD


When I hear that Wifi is preforming I already know its gonna be lit. He knows how to transfer his energy to the crowd which is so important. Wifi live is just so intriguing.

04. CLEO REED


She is amazing honestly. Her voice is so beautiful and she knows how to capture and portray emotion that I honestly love. If I was anyone smart, I would def watch out for her because she is going to be killing it the game.

05. ANDREA VALLÉ


Now she is also another amazing artist. She’s part of my label family and I’m just obsessed with her music ever since I first heard it. Her sound is another unique one. The melodies that she uses– I’m just in love with it all.