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10 AAPI women that *need* to be on your playlist

May is AAPI Heritage Month! To celebrate, let's honor some of the spectacular and diverse Asian women who are making amazing music. Time to get your phone out and start adding these musicians to your playlists ASAP. 


Raveena is *the* dreamy R&B singer you've been waiting for. This Indian American and openly pansexual musician is known for her smooth and soulful vocals and dream-like '70s-and-'90s-inspired style of music.

Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama can be summed up in one word: icon. The visual concepts in her music videos and albums are simply out of this world, and her experimental pop music covers themes ranging from queer identity and generational trauma to found family.


Fans of 88rising will def know Indonesian singer Niki Zefanya. Niki has released some viral hits (and certified bops), like the dream-like "lowkey" and the feel-good retro anthem "Every Summertime."


If you love indie rock, you'll love Japanese American singer-songwriter Mitski. Her deeply intimate lyrics—which often detail her experiences as a woman of color—will have you truly feeling the emotion in her heart-wrenching music.


UMI, who is half Black and half Japanese, will captivate you with her beautiful voice and R&B/pop beats. Fun fact: She opened for Conan Gray's tour in 2019.

Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner)

Japanese Breakfast is an experimental pop/indie rock band led by Korean American musician Michelle Zauner. If you're a fan of the sounds of the '80s, you *have* to check out Japanese Breakfast. Michelle also wrote the best-selling memoir Crying in H-Mart. 


Indian American musician EASHA describes her music as feeling like a "coming of age musical," and we couldn't agree more. Her clear voice is addictive, and her songs will make you feel like the main character.


Along with having a stellar fashion style, Filipina singer-songwriter Beatrice Laus (AKA beabadoobee) makes indie rock and bedroom pop music that you can't get out of your head. She's even opened for The 1975 and Clairo.

Tiffany Day

If you haven't heard of Tiffany Day yet, she needs to be on your radar—ASAP. She first started posting covers on YouTube and now releases her own original chill bops and Gen-Z anthems.

Lexie Liu

Lexie Liu is the multilingual singer and rapper you didn't know you needed in your life. She sings in both Chinese and English, and her style and cyberpunk music video concepts are insanely cool.

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by Jinny Kim | 5/16/2022