Photos -Â Ta-Ku with Wafia at the Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, Sept 26 2016
– photos by Pavel Boiko
Ta-Ku on tour with WafiaÂ at the Vogue Theatre onÂ Monday night.
The Vancouver show comes near the start of the Australian producer’s current North American tour, which wraps up in Miami Oct. 8.
Ta-Ku, aka Reggie Matthews, is touring with 22-year-old vocalistÂ Wafia Al-Rikabi, a fellow Aussie. TheÂ duo is touringÂ in support of their collaborative (m)edian EP, released in August via Future Classic.Â The new EP includes theÂ downtempo R ‘n’ B trackÂ “Meet in the Middle,” which featuresÂ Ta-ku singing alongsideÂ Wafia.
WafiaÂ and Ta-KuÂ first came together with their take on Estelle‘s “American Boy”, titled “American Girl”.Â That track garnered over twoÂ millions Soundcloud plays.
The tour is the duo’s first set of shows in North America since a sell-out debutÂ at New York’s MoMA PS1. That show followed the release of Ta-Ku’s secondÂ EPÂ Songs To Make Up To, and included some of the producer’s photos. He released his debut EP Songs to Break Up To in 2013.
The current tourÂ feature anÂ elaborate stage show with a full band and visuals from collaborator Sam Price.
Recently, Ta-Ku and Wafia sold out two shows at the Sydney Opera House andÂ headlined aÂ European tour.
According to Wiki, Wafia is originally from Brisbane and studied biomedicine at university. She first gained attention with her 2012 cover of Mario‘s “Let Me Love You”, which has since garneredÂ over threeÂ million plays on Soundcloud and led her to signing withÂ indie record label Future Classic. She released her debut EP XXIX in 2015. Pharrell WilliamsÂ played theÂ lead single “Heartburn” (written with Melbourne musician Ben Abraham)Â onÂ his Beats 1 radio show. Kylie Jenner apparently regularly Snapchats the track as well.Â Besides Ta-Ku, Wafia has collaborated with New Zealand producer Thomston.