Yuni Wa

Little Rock, USA



Behind the Music

The way my creative process works for this project is that I’ll review the reporting, kind of chill on it and think about how I feel. Of course, it’s upsetting for anyone that understands the situation in Gambia, but I try to make uplifting, hopeful music because I know there is hope, but there’s only hope when there is awareness. So, I wanted to make some abstract music that captured people’s attention and hopefully drew people into the Gambia story. 

The character who impacted me the most was the journalist, Mustapha. Even though he knew how dangerous pursuing the story was, he just threw himself into it. Also, when Ian went to Gambia and actually talked to people there, he seemed so passionate. It seemed like he didn’t care about what could possibly happen to him. Those are always great feats, that we have journalists that go out of their way to tell the world stories that need to be heard.

I try to make my music as universal as possible. I’m making it so everyone can feel this music no matter where you come from. I want people to understand that I make music for projects like this because as a musician, I have a platform.  Music has always played a very active role in human rights affairs and politics and my music from this project is a symbol of the solidarity I have with the people of Gambia. As an African-American, my heart truly goes out to the country and their situation.

Yuni Wa
About Yuni Wa

Yuni Wa glides through the industry with a deft touch, propelled by his work ethic and unique approach to the craft that is inspired by J Dilla, instead of Diplo. Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, a city known for its civil rights past, Yuni Wa comes from a spiritual background that inspired his approach to creating electronic music. By the time he was 13 years old, Yuni Wa was ready to start putting out music and start building a legacy. That legacy is now realized since, even though he's still relatively early in the game, Yuni Wa has released 57 projects, which is at least three times as many as your favorite artist has produced. His wide span of creative, musical talent stretches across electronic, hip-hop, R&B, and alternative styles of music and has led to him being named one of the “Visionary Arkansans” by the “Arkansas Times.” He was also nominated for “Best Electronic Artist/DJ” at the Black Apple Awards. Additionally, Yuni Wa has collaborated with artists like Chris Travis and Cuz Lightyear and is currently working on big projects with signed artists. His drive is unmatched and, even though he's dealt with the reality of how his race affects his growth in the electronic space, he continues to grow and evolve. He has two more albums in the works and will continue to use his unique viewpoint in the industry to tell his necessary story. Yuni Wa has received praise from “The Arkansas Democrat Gazette,” “DJ Mag,” and Audiomack. 

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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