TIDAL Rising: Farina
Effortlessly weaving her work into a seamless sonic web of dancehall, reggae, reggaeton, trap, rap, pop and folk, Farina is a multi-talented artist on the rise with a penchant for defying genre conformity.
Born in the city of Medellin, Colombia, Farina came into this world with music in her veins, informed by a longstanding familial predisposition for the art form that ultimately inspired her to join her family’s proud and ongoing line of composers, songwriters and performers.
Farina’s self-described “musical birth” came to pass in 2005, when she competed on the Colombian music competition series Factor X, impressively achieving third place despite a daunting pool of over 45,000 initial participants. With the eyes of the Andean nation upon her, Farina made her debut with Yo Soy Farina, an album that would simultaneously establish her as a powerful and independent artist.
After her debut, Farina took somewhat of a hiatus from music, pursuing acting on Colombian telenovelas while always keeping music in her heart. Though she would release her “Hasta El Final” single in 2009, Farina would return to music in earnest with 2012′s Del Odio Al Amor, her sophomore release. Only a year later, Farina would be honored as the “Best Colombian Artist” at the Mi GenteTV Awards.
Fast forward to 2017, which has been a musical “rebirth” for Farina, with her stupendous “Mejor Que Yo” single, working hard on her forthcoming album alongside mentor Wyclef Jean and, most recently, signing to Roc Nation Latin. In the spirit of this reawakening, Farina put together an exclusive TIDAL playlist highlighting some of the music that’s inspired her over the years, along with brief commentary on a few of the artists. Of her own work Farina muses: “Copas De Vino” marks the beginning of a new era for me. I’ve evolved in every sense and the lyrics and videos of my last few singles reflect that.”
You can listen to Farina’s exclusive, personally curated playlist here and check out her accompanying remarks below:
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“Selena and Shakira were among my first feminine idols growing up. When I first heard Destiny’s Child, I knew I wanted to make music that would move and inspire women.”
“Selena y Shakira fueron mis primer ídolos femeninos. Cuando escuché Destiny’s Child, sentí que debía hacer canciones que le llegan a todas las mujeres.”
“Lauryn Hill gave me part of my essence–when I heard her rap and sing for the first time, I immediately became more interested in wanting to listen and learn about the best rappers.”
“Lauryn Hill me dio parte de mi esencia, cuando escuche cantar y rapear a Lauryn comencé a interesarme mucho mas por escuchar a los mejores raperos y raperas.”
“Rihanna’s music reminds me of San Andreas, which I used to call home.
“La musica de Rihanna me recuerda mi segundo hogar llamado San Andres Islas.”
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