To many, Mustafa isn’t new. Toronto has watched the singer’s evolution from prepubescent poet to celebrated songwriter (he’s written for The Weeknd, The Jonas Brothers, and Camila Cabello) to burgeoning solo artist on the cusp of his debut release. He had a breakthrough last year with his practically perfect debut single "Stay Alive," its delicate arrangement and poignant anti-gun message capturing the world's attention. Mustafa’s upcoming project, When Smoke Rises, is among this year’s most anticipated thanks to his folksy, consistently impressive singles—including "Air Forces" and "Come Back" featuring James Blake—which paint his Regent Park neighbourhood and those like it in a new, nuanced hue. —Sumiko Wilson

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