In 2016, Nadia started writing compositions and founded a band called HAWA B. As a bandleader, composer, and singer-songwriter, her passion lies in creating dense and exciting soundscapes, pushing limits with innovative content, and employing a rich palette of colours and textures. As a touring artist, she aims to champion the cultural-artistic wealth that stems from Canadian diversity.
While soul music and jazz are undoubtedly clear influences in HAWA B, alternative rock is also a main source of inspiration.It is important for her to challenge preconceptions about black music and remind people that rock is also part of black heritage.
She aims to provide comfort through her lyrics while simultaneously dismantling negative connotations around sadness and other difficult emotions. HAWA B has created her own musical universe to portray sadness in a positive light, inspiring the title of her upcoming debut EP, “Sad in a Good Way.”
Nadia Hawa Baldé – HAWA B
# of Albums:
Favourite musician growing up:
Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Radiohead
Favourite musician now:
Right now, I really love Mustafa.
Guilty pleasure song:
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Live show ritual:
I like 2 have at least 2 different drinks on stage. Sometimes 3!
Favourite local musician:
It’s really hard to choose, I like a lot of different styles. I will go with KNLO
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
Both! I have F.O.M.O, I don’t want to miss anything in the morning or at night.
Road or studio?
Any shows or albums coming up?
My next show is on June 19th, at Verre Bouteille! You can listen to my first EP “Sad in a good way” on any platform.
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Montréal Qs
Favourite local restaurant:
Favourite street in your city:
Saint-Denis, there are so many things to do!
Favourite park in your city:
Parc de la visitation. It’s near rivière-des-prairies, it is so beautiful.
Favourite music venue in your city:
Favourite music store in your city:
Long & McQuade