Aisha Badru

 Aisha Badru’s magic
lies in alchemy — distilling an often-tangled human experience into simple
truths, quieting the cacophony to pave a path towards introspection. The
indie-folk artist’s
is at once powerful and beautiful. It’s why she boasts over 135 million
streams, critical praise from the likes of NPR Music, Okayplayer, The Line
of Best Fit, Afropunk, Clash, Ones To Watch
and more, and why brands such
as Volkswagen have tapped into her catalog to enlighten their own messages.

has a purpose,” says Aisha Badru, the Nigerian American, sometimes earthy,
sometimes ethereal singer-songwriter. “I was meant to be here, doing this. And
it’s just part of my purpose to experience certain levels of trauma that are
very universal, going through every process of healing, and somehow putting it
together so I can help guide someone else.” Tellingly, she’s titled her latest,
which explores the intersection between romantic entanglements and self-care, Learning
to Love Again
. “Everyone can relate to having self-esteem issues or being
hurt,” she adds. “Those themes have played a big role in my life.”

career has fatefully led her to this exact point, beginning with her debut
album, Pendulum, a melancholic musing on life’s highs and lows, through
her last release, The Way Back Home, an optimistic take on the future. Badru
found her voice the moment she decided to make music, but with Learning to
Love Again
, there’s now a palpable drive to amplify it.