SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD ChandRika Darbari popularly known as Rika is a rising young Brit-Asian singer and songwriter. With heart-rending lyrics and her melodious voice, she has mesmerised her listeners with her musical talent. Brilliant in studies with 9 A-A+ grades, Rika is currently pursuing her passion in music after leaving the East London Arts and Music College (ELAM) in London,and completing her song writing course at the renowned Berklee university in Boston America. She is also training in music under the world renowned Vocal Coach, Dr Voice who also coached Sam Smith the number one male artist in the UK. With a beautiful voice and ravishing personality, Rika is an upcoming musical sensation. Currently Rika is looking to work on her next music video with B4U Network.
Currently she set the press/charts on fire across UK and India, with her new English single No Need. Since its release (22 September 2017), the racy dance-pop number is all over the Indian iTunes platform and still moving up — a first for any 17-year-old-teen solo Brit-Asian artist ever! She has already made it to the BBC Asia’s Artist of the Week List and the single is featuring in BBC UK Top 10 New and BBC Top 10 for the week, alongside Ed Sheeran and others. The official video has gone on to amass over 500k views since its release!
Born to an Indian father and a Serbian mother, and brought up in Northwest, London, Rika has infused elements of R&B AND POP into “No Need” creating an infectious positivity and hummability into the track. The songs hook line says it all — There’s no need to be unkind, You got your own life, I’ve got my own life. Get on with your life and I’ll get on with mine.
Earlier this year, the young singer penned a song For Peace In Syria – a heartfelt track motivated by the violence in Syria towards the children that helped raised funds for the UNICEF. Written and performed by Rika, the song was aimed at raising awareness and helping the children of Syria. The music video raked up over 900,000 views on YouTube in just a few months and gained huge support from the global Indian and British-Asian community.
In the wake of her heartfelt For Peace In Syria track, Rika has returned with her incredibly addictive first official single, which is guaranteed to command attention. The new track is an eclectic mosaic of foot-tapping pop beats and piano plunges with “stunningly catchy and impeccable vocal work” from the 17-year-old-artist, who started writing her own songs at the tender age of 9!
She was recently invited to serenade Miss Serbia 2017 at the official beauty pageant with No Need in Belgrade, and performed at the BBC Diwali festival for an audience of 35,000 people.