Norwegian-Kenyan singer Halima has been on our radar for a while now. Her strain of dreamy R&B is progressive and dynamic and she has a memorably smooth voice and a love of abstract, trance-like beats. The 20-year-old’s discovery story is thoroughly modern; she was found by Def Jam Norway on Instagram and shortly after, in October 2018, she released her debut EP, Love songs for bad lovers. The seven-track EP was a considered exploration of falling in love for the first time and since that time she’s developed a cult following over here in Australia following her signing to Brisbane record label Dew Process in 2018.
To say she’s had a productive 2019 would be an understatement. Her recently released EP, Brown Girl Diary, is her third for the year. A collaboration with the Swedish producer Canto, the EP features the singles ‘911’ and ‘Booty’ plus another five hypnotic tracks. To mark the release of Brown Girl Diary, we asked Lil Halima to give Acclaim her guide to the Nordic music scene. Check our her selection below and do yourself a favour and listen to her new EP—you won’t regret it.
Feels! I’ve been listening to her for such a long time. Her latest album Tranquille Emilie is amazing. Another one of her songs that just stuck with me for year is ‘Nobody Knows’.
Vibeeees. I never heard anything like this coming from Norway, and it’s so good.
Charlotte Dos Santos
Such a beautiful soul! With [her] beautiful soul shining through in her music. In love with her song Red Clay.
Heart-capturing song, just hits right away. Watched her live this summer and it was amazing. ‘When I Let Go’ reminds me of my home in Northern Norway and the feeling of home.
Listen to Lil Halima’s latest EP above and for more follow her here.