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Zhala’s haunting and evocative melodies are packed with a serious punch, full of thought-provoking lyrics and undeniable hooks. Using Stockholm as her base, but with the mindset of a modern day transnational, Zhala’s music is futuristic, labeled by the artist herself as “cosmic pop.”
Zhala (Rifat) was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. She became very involved in the local art and club scene and further developed her talents as an artist through dance, singing and her live shows. This path eventually led to her being signed to Konichiwa Records in 2012.
While recording the music for her first release, Zhala continued to tour - playing several festivals (Bestival, Isle of Wight, Way Out West), a unique performance at the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, and most recently, an opening slot for Robyn in London, Berlin and Stockholm. The darkly epic track “Slippin’ Around” emerged online at the start of 2012 with a creepily striking video, alerting the likes of My Old Kentucky Blog, Discobelle and The Line of Best Fit that there was a new and unusual popstar about to emerge.
February 2014 will see the release of Zhala’s first EP, “Prophet.” The EP was co- produced with Mathias Oldén.