Spotlight: Artist Of The Week
Written by Brittany Higgins on February 16, 2021
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music.
Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.
Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist,
producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political
critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to
soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.
2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from
publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black
woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.
In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the
Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something
you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as
“one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”
2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition
is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as
not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a
realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out
spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.
Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and
irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard…
Check out Haviah’s latest single “Obeah” You heard it first on Apexx Radio!