Dua Saleh

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Imaginative and left-of-center, the music of LA-based Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh (they/them) explores everything from queer love to concepts of the self and the world at large. Across a fluid catalog, they've deftly fused and inverted genre conventions, traversing R&B, soul, rock, hip-hop, electronic pop, and beyond with a socially conscious style driven by melody, grit, and bravado. In 2023, Saleh signed with Ghostly International, signaling the start of a new era. The announcement follows three EPs since 2019 — heralded by The New York Times ("commanding"), NPR ("visionary"), and Pitchfork ("ambitious and riveting") — and Saleh's breakout role inMore

Imaginative and left-of-center, the music of LA-based Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh (they/them) explores everything from queer love to concepts of the self and the world at large. Across a fluid catalog, they've deftly fused and inverted genre conventions, traversing R&B, soul, rock, hip-hop, electronic pop, and beyond with a socially conscious style driven by melody, grit, and bravado. In 2023, Saleh signed with Ghostly International, signaling the start of a new era. The announcement follows three EPs since 2019 — heralded by The New York Times ("commanding"), NPR ("visionary"), and Pitchfork ("ambitious and riveting") — and Saleh's breakout role in the Netflix series Sex Education. At age five, Saleh and their family immigrated to the U.S. as refugees after fleeing Sudan's civil war. Their family settled in the Midwest, where Saleh grew up listening to a mix of '40s soul and jazz, '90s hip-hop, dancehall, afro-beat, and Sudanese singers on cable TV. Saleh's voice took shape through poetry, first via their mother's scripture readings from the Quran and later across spoken word open mic nights, academic studies, and activist work in their community. Saleh's three EPs — NŪR, ROSETTA, and CROSSOVER, released by AGAINST GIANTS — have seen critical acclaim from all corners of the press and clocked in over 81 million streams to date. Their list of collaborations includes Amaarae, Bon Iver, Corbin (fka Spooky Black), Denzel Curry, Duckwrth, Psymun, Travis Scott, and more.

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