Wafia’s “Bodies” Video Is A Protest Anthem For Her Family

Photographed by Yaseea Moosa.

“Something in the air is dangerous”

Twenty-three-year-old Wafia’s new song, “Bodies,” isn’t just a very catchy pop song reminiscent of Yuna’s “Lullabies,” it’s also a protest song for her family.

The Netherlands-born, Australia-based singer wrote the track after Donald Trump announced he would enact a Muslim ban once elected, which happened to be the same day her mother’s family was denied entry to Australia after fleeing Syria. “There is always a lot of language in the media that is negative when used to portray the waves of immigrants or refugees. I wrote a song attempting to humanize them and their travels," she tells us. "With that in mind, I never wanted the 'Bodies' video to be literal or only portray my family’s experience. I wanted it to celebrate people’s differences. From there, we created a world where the social divide is a lot more visible than our current day-to-day lives.”

The bodies she sings about are all of us—refugees fleeing their war-ridden countries, Americans protesting in the streets, the masses of people marching for a better tomorrow. Wafia could’ve taken a different approach for the track—songs about politics aren’t usually set to an electro backdrop—but she wanted to make it accessible. “Out of all the arts, [music] is probably the one that’s the most easily consumed on a daily basis,” she says. “But in these particular times, we turn to music because it’s celebratory and joyful. That in itself is beautiful and unifying.”

Watch the video, below, and stay tuned for her new EP, VIII (named after the atomic number for oxygen), which will explore themes of “intangibility, necessity, and transparency," and will be out October 13. 

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.