The Dutch and Sudanese musician offers a refreshing sound worth paying attention to during the strange months we’ve all been facing in 2020.
Gaidaa, a Netherlands-based singer, songwriter and musician has officially released her riveting debut EP, Overture.
Gaidaa grew up between the Netherlands and Sudan which offered two massively different environments for her to explore herself and her interests. Though she’s currently a rising artist still in the beginning stages of her professional career, her exploratory sound is unique. She was initially writing, recording and touring while enrolled in school. Gaidaa gained critical acclaim after dropping “A Storm On A Summer Day” in 2018 produced by renowned Dutch producer Full Crate.
In a recent interview with Flaunt, she admitted her parents thought she was attending university, but instead she was seriously exploring her artistry. She was studying International Media and Entertainment Management, she added that she often wondered what she was doing in school.
As a debut Overture is an intricately produced and pure neo-soul project. Her soulful voice blends seamlessly with the acoustic instrumentation that envelops her eccentric sound. There is also a rawness her music captures. When speaking on Overture, via email Gaidaa shares: “To me Overture is not only my introduction to the world, but essentially my reintroduction to myself, my rediscovery and re-creation of Gaidaa.”
The specific songs on the EP that evoke emotions include her well-known single “Falling Higher,” the introduction track “I Like Trouble,” “Find My Way,” and “Stranger” featuring Saba and Jarreau Vandal. Each of these tracks offers her different thoughts on love, independence, and more. Her vocals on “Morning Blue,” a song she released in 2019 are unforgettable. She previously performed this politically-charged song for COLORS in a moving set.
Gaidaa also explained that the release focuses on the realization that as humans we are far more complex and hold more depth than we think. To sum up the EP she adds: “Overture is the foundation to something more substantial; the beginning of everything that is yet to come and yet to be learned.”
Stream Overture below.
Robyn Mowatt is a staff writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind @robyn_mowatt.