Nadia Nair doesn’t mind taking a longer road if it’s in the right direction

Transcending labels and music award categories like ‘world music’, Stockholm-based Nadia Nair has built an eclectic oeuvre over the past decade, without the slightest hint of wanting to find a definitive sound. Her art is an extension of her being, and as a woman of Swedish, Malaysian and Indian descent, Nadia is acutely aware of how an artist of colour is typically viewed through the music industry’s white lens. In past interviews, she has notably called out the dichotomy between the industry’s quest for innovation, and resistance to open the floor up for brown women – calling it the panic-when-they-can’t-fit-you-into-a-box stereotype.

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