The first of two deeply personal EPs chronicling Naïka’s one-of-a-kind creative and human journey, LOST IN PARADÏSE, PT. 1 arrived earlier this year, heralded by such remarkable singles as “Vultures” and “African Sun
,” the latter written by Naïka as a celebration of her Haitian roots after last year’s massive series of anti-government protests. Sung in both Haitian Creole and English, the track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now at YouTube.
LOST IN PARADÏSE, PT. 1
“AFRICAN SUN (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)”
” arrived earlier this year, accompanied by an official companion video, streaming now at YouTube. “The stunning visuals and carefully constructed characters portray Naïka’s complex inner struggle,” raved LADYGUNN
in its exclusive video premiere, “and eventually, she finds a way to come to terms with it.”
Naïka has already earned acclaim and attention for her distinctive fusion of sounds, a sonic approach she describes simply as “world-pop.” Born in Miami, the gifted singer-songwriter fell in love with music at an early age, absorbing inspiration from her French and Haitian heritage as well as her family’s wide-ranging travels around the globe, from Guadeloupe to Kenya, from South Africa to Vanuatu and beyond. Indeed, the influence of African, European, and Caribbean cultures has shaped her both as an artist and as a citizen of the world, evidenced by her hugely popular cover of the Haitian classic, “Papa Gèdè (Bel Gason)
,” as well as recent tracks like “Oh Mama
,” “Déjà Vu
,” and the worldwide streaming hit, “Ride
International applause has already come from such publications as Germany’s MYP Magazine
, which wrote, “Naïka wants to add more color to her favorite thing in the world: pop music…Blessed with an incredible voice, she is free of pretension and seemingly doesn’t have a boring bone in her body.” “Naïka isn’t a typical American pop artist,” declared Frontrunner
. “She’s here to bring her own sound…and maybe even do it in French.”
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Shaking up pop, hip-hop, R&B, and more with a sharp sense of humor – and even sharper mic skills – TeaMarrr emerged in 2016 and quickly earned more than 4 million worldwide streams and high profile media attention spanning Flaunt and NPR to Ones To Watch and Consequence of Sound, to name but a few. The Boston-born and Los Angeles-based Haitian-American songstress truly broke through in 2018 with the hit single, “One Job,” scoring over 1.2 million streams and the attention of EMMY® Award-nominated writer, producer, and actress Issa Rae, who promptly signed TeaMarrr to her new Atlantic Records label imprint, Raedio.
Indeed, TeaMarrr is among the rising stars showcased on Raedio/Atlantic’s INSECURE: MUSIC FROM THE HBO ORIGINAL SERIES, SEASON 4 soundtrack, which was preceded by her own acclaimed debut EP, BEFORE I SPILL MYSELF. As if all that weren’t enough, TeaMarrr’s “My Fit” song was featured in Mindy Kaling’s hit Netflix series, NEVER HAVE I EVER, and quickly began trending with the #neverfitin TikTok challenge, resulting in over 7 billion TikTok videos.
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