Nimco Happy releases single after viral TikTok hit

Somali artist behind viral TikTok Hit ‘give me life’ releases official single
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30 October, 2021
Somali artist Nimco Happy has been making waves on TikTok for her song 'Isii Nafta' (give me life), with Cardi B dancing to the bop and Bella Hadid sharing it on Instagram - and now her song has been officially released on Spotify.
Nimco Happy went viral for her song Isii Nafta [YouTube grab]

Somali artist Nimco Happy has been making waves on TikTok for her song “Isii Nafta” (give me life), with Cardi B dancing to the bop and Bella Hadid sharing it on Instagram - and now her song has been officially released on Spotify.

The song is sung in Somali, English, Arabic and Swahili, and footage of the musician’s performance first went viral on TikTok.

Her video was viewed millions of times and made its way to Instagram and Twitter.

Nimco’s song has been on people’s For You page on TikTok for weeks, now with remixes and collaborations. Her song was also danced to on the video-sharing social media platform by thousands of users and celebrities alike, most recently Cardi B and Bella Hadid, who reposted a video of Nimco performing.

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After the song was uploaded on Spotify anonymously, the internet drew together to help Nimco get an official single release to ensure she would receive her deserved royalties and accolades.

“You will all be happy to know that habaryar Nimco has secured the bag and an official spotify link + full interview with yours truly  will be coming sooooon, watch this space!,” wrote BuzzFeed UK reporter Ikran Dahir.

Nimco told BuzzFeed that she found out she had gone viral two weeks ago when Polydor Records, a subsidiary of Universal contacted her.

“Wallahi, I felt happy, elated,” she said. “I can't describe it in words, but I felt overjoyed. I felt like the world had finally recognized me. That I'm known internationally.”

“Thank you,” she said, addressing everyone who participated in the TikTok trends.