It’s a Friday. Congratulations and if you’re reading this right now, we’ve made it to another one and I’m posting the latest tunes from CHAII because she’s sporting a really badass visor. How’s that for the luck of the draw from over 145 emails before 10:45? Check out her stuff below. You can be the guinea pig and let me know how it sounds. Honesty is the best policy.
Genre-bending New Zealand-based Persian rapper CHAII expresses her diverse creative powers on her debut extended-player Lightswitch—a bold six-track visual EP showcasing sounds and footage from Oman to Joshua Tree. With the release of her debut EP, CHAII is ready to take her place on the world stage and is rapidly making an impression as an exciting new talent to keep an eye on. Stream her Lightswitch EP here: https://chaii.lnk.to/LightswitchEP.
Despite her sudden arrival, CHAII’s music has already attracted the attention of Italian fashion brand FENDI, mixed martial arts organization UFC and Charlize Theron’s new film The Old Guard, which drops globally on Netflix today. In June, CHAII was announced as the first-ever Spotify RADAR artist in New Zealand. RADAR is the streaming giant’s global emerging-artist platform, which helped launch international stars including Lauv, King Princess, Jorja Smith, G-Eazy and Trippie Redd.
Inspiration for the Lightswitch visual EP came from CHAII’s journey of learning more about Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The resulting upheaval forced countless creative talents, including musicians, actors and artists, to leave Iran and relocate to California after their work was banned in their homeland. Forty years later, California remains home to the largest Persian music community outside of Iran. Of this inspiration, CHAII said, “I am part of the new generation of Iranian immigrants who are creating music outside of Iran. Coming from New Zealand, where there’s a very small Persian community that you barely see or hear from, it was a revelation to experience the perfect blend of Western and Persian influences when I first visited LA to see family”.