You can finally witness the hit-making duo this Saturday in LA.
By Chiara Mingione
Photos by Maria Jose Govea
U.N. representatives, songwriters, and producers, this sister act is a shining example of a triple threat. Meet Faarow, the vibey duo that is a force to be reckoned with. Besides EP releases like “Lost” that have propelled them into the spotlight, the Somali sisters have an inspiring history—they’re refugees that escaped the civil war in Somalia, uprooted their lives to Canada, and made their way to SoCal to pursue music. With unabashed enthusiasm, humanitarian efforts, and quality beats, Faarow is the rising force we’ve all been waiting for. And you definitely don’t want to miss them kick ass at Girlschool this Saturday (tix here).
Tell us about Faarow–where are you both from and how did you end up in LA?
We were born in Somalia and raised in Toronto, Canada. Our musical journey didn’t start in L.A but we ended up in Los Angeles because our souls were being pulled there. There’s so much talent here and it seemed like a no-brainer to us. We really had no idea how long we were going to stay or anything but it just felt right. We’ve met amazing people here but more importantly, we discovered who we truly are as artists and women. Priceless shit.
So where does “Faarow” come from?
Faarrow is a combination of our Arabic names. Iman meaning “faith” and Siham meaning “arrow.” We combined the two and came up with Faarrow. We actually originally came up with the name Faarrow for our clothing label.
Three words to describe your style?
Rebellious. Authentic. Majestic
Where do you both get your music inspiration from?
Our music is a combination of our past, present, and future. The inspiration comes from everywhere, really. It’s a mixture of our Somali roots and R&B mashed with other things. We never really know how to describe it because we’ve been exposed to so many different types of music and cultures our whole lives.
What is the songwriting and recording process like?
Our music process is always different. We’ve always written our own music but we recently started producing as well, so our process just got more exciting. One of us usually will have a melody or a phrase we keep singing, and we just keep building on that lyrically and figuring out what we want to say from an honest place. With the production, we usually start with laying down piano chords or pads around our melody to start the vibe. We have our own studio set up at home, so the recording process has been magical. We’ve spent many years in big studios so it’s nice to create an intimate space where we can be free.
Who are your musical influences?
Brandy, Michael Jackson, Dur Dur Band, the Fugees
If you could work with anyone, who would it be and why?
We’ve always wanted to collaborate with MIA. She’s such a unique and fearless artist, and we can relate to her on so many levels.
What’s next for Faarow?
We have our first single “I Don’t Belong to You” dropping Feb 2nd, produced and written by us.
If it’s time to update your playlist (or even if it’s not TBH), check out Faarow here.