Halima by Anna Koblish



Today, Halima shares her new single “Ways.” This latest offering follows her previous single, “Awaken,” which was recently tipped by BBC Radio’s Benji B and Clash Magazine. Both tracks will be included on her forthcoming EP EXU (pronounced Eshu), due May 24th via drink sum wtr.

On “Ways” Halima details the sensations brought on by a new love interest through her innate musical tenacity. Listeners are introduced to the new track with hollow drums engineered in such a way they seem to mimic the heart-racing feeling of intense lust. Across the song, Halima’s stunning dynamic vocals weave through with an easy strength. “You keep me up through the night,” she delivers the R&B hook above propulsive skitters and bursts before a bridge of echoed harmonies and synth notes smooth out the scene.

Halima will be performing a string of dates with Elliot Moss through Washington D.C., New York, and Boston this April and she is now also announcing a headline LA date on June 12th at The Moroccan Lounge. Full tour routing can be found below. 

Raised between Lagos and London – and now based in Brooklyn – Halima draws from a tri-continental story that started as a student exploring the worlds of folk, jazz, and theater. Following her 2021 EP XYZ, her forthcoming EXU EP will be her label debut and first project with drink sum wtr. Throughout the forthcoming project, Halima’s vocals resonate with powerful clarity weaving in as another layer of the beat. The title and concept of the project come from Halima’s Nigerian heritage. Exu (Eshu) is the Yoruba deity of “crossroads,” the great mediator between the forces of life and the messenger between humans and gods. “They are known for being the God of change, chaos, and unpredictability, so they are often misunderstood,” Halima explains. “But they are present in our lives to bring us to better versions of ourselves. This project is about facing Exu and resisting it. Then succumbing and realizing Exu is within you.” 

Upcoming Live Dates
* = with Elliot Moss

4/17 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9 *
4/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
4/19 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East*
6/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

EXU EP artwork

May 24th 2024
drink sum wtr

1. Awaken
2. Ways
3. Don’t
4. Overdue
5. Samantha

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