Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm Is Battling Breast Cancer

Lauren Parker
Nai Palm

Hiatus Kaiyote frontwoman Nai Palm has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The Australian artist (real name Naomi Saalfield) took to Instagram to share the news, noting: “I say this to you hoping that you won’t expect soo much of me all the time. I am a strong motherfucker but I feel everything deeply.”

She added, "I am riddled with anxiety while trying to practice courage and patience daily in the face of the scariest and most emotionally triggering shit I’ve ever had to endure." 

The Melbourne “future soul” quartet broke through with their 2013 debut album Tawk Tomahawk, which earned a Grammy nomination and gained A-list fans along the way,from Questlove to Erykah Badu, Pharrell Williams and even the late Prince.

The followup, Choose Your Weapon, dropped in 2015 and peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200. The last track on Weapon, "Building a Ladder," began appearing in Drake's setlists. "At first, my social media blew up because he was opening his tour with it," she told Billboard last year. "He’s been a fan of our sh-- for a while. It’s kind of beautiful."

Saalfield released her solo debut, Needle Paw, last year and she performs on “Is There More,” which features on Drake’s double album Scorpion.

Currently, Saalfield is on the road in the United States with a show booked at The Sinclair on Friday night (Oct. 19) in Cambridge, MA and next Saturday (Oct. 27) at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR.

Read her full post below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Um so I have breast cancer . I say this to you hoping that you won’t expect soo much of me all the time . I am a strong mother fucker but I feel everything deeply . I have still been touring performing sometimes to people talking over me or inappropriately stealing my shit or sneaking into my green room . I am riddled with anxiety while trying to practice courage and patience daily in the face of the scariest and most emotionally triggering shit I’ve ever had to endure . I need love and respect and often I have to go out of my way to make people feel comfortable around me because of their projections or own internal battles when confronted by me. I need to be selfish in this time. I cannot babysit anyone’s emotions anymore. Let my music comfort you , this is what it’s for . My job ends there I am not a therapist . Please give my family there space. I will delete this account if I hear otherwise . Thank you for your love and support always . --

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