Saleh is a striking lyricist able to weave intricate melodies and reference a diversity of genres in their tracks, yet you might not know them for their music. They made their acting debut as Cal Bowman in the third season of the wildly popular (and excellent) Netflix original show Sex Education. Their role is fictional, but Saleh has a lot in common with Cal. Both have moved around the world a lot and have, as a result, developed a powerful sense of independence. Both also call Minneapolis home. But Saleh’s prowess as an actor is only one trait in a constellation of experiences and talents. One such example is their background in slam poetry. It is perhaps for these reasons that their music flows so naturally; their diverse set of experiences have woven together and led them to the place they are in now.
Saleh is a rapidly developing artist, their debut EP Nūr only dropped in 2019. Psymun, a longtime collaborator of Saleh, served as Crossover’s executive producer and worked with the artist to navigate the record’s sonic shift. Saleh also enlisted Amaarae, Haleek Maul, Chester Watson and Duckwrth as featured artists on Crossover; each uniquely contributing to the dynamic EP’s expansive range. Simply listening to it isn’t enough, it demands movement. So, after you finish reading our conversation with Dua Saleh, pop a headphone on and let your body handle the rest.