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(45# Comoros) Nawal: Why she kicks ass
She is a musician whose music draws on traditional Comorian influences and incorporates sounds from African and Arabic culture. She plays many instruments, including the guitar and qanbūs, and sings in Comorian, Arabic, French and English.
Today she is known as the “Voice of Comoros”, as she is one of the first women from her country to take the international stage as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has self-produced both her albums, performed professionally for over 20 years and has toured in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Nawal states “My main instrument, before anything, is the voice.” Aptly called a “mystic pop diva”, Nawal communicates something bigger than music – she has the capacity to touch people’s hearts with her powerful voice and message.
Nawal sings in favor of all humans, for education and for union. She also conserves the philosophy of her great grandfather Al Maarouf, a grand Sufi master, who was inspired by the light of Islam founded on love, respect and peace.
Born into a family with many musicians, Nawal was immersed in both popular and spiritual music from a young age, in her native islands and also in her new home in France. Between traditional and contemporary, Nawal’s music weaves a rich dialog of cultures, a reflection of the diverse character of life in her native islands. Indo-Arabian-Persian music meets Bantu polyphonies, the syncopated rhythms and Sufi trance of the Indian Ocean.
In 2011 Nawal celebrated the release of “Embrace the Spirit”(Jade/Warner), with a tour in the USA. In 2007 Nawal released her second album “Aman” (Peace of the Soul) which was awarded stunning reviews from the international press. Her first album “Kweli” (Truth) was released in 2001 (Mélodie).

(45# Comoros) Nawal: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a musician whose music draws on traditional Comorian influences and incorporates sounds from African and Arabic culture. She plays many instruments, including the guitar and qanbūs, and sings in ComorianArabicFrench and English.
  • Today she is known as the “Voice of Comoros”, as she is one of the first women from her country to take the international stage as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has self-produced both her albums, performed professionally for over 20 years and has toured in Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East and Central Asia.
  • Nawal states “My main instrument, before anything, is the voice.” Aptly called a “mystic pop diva”, Nawal communicates something bigger than music – she has the capacity to touch people’s hearts with her powerful voice and message.
  • Nawal sings in favor of all humans, for education and for union. She also conserves the philosophy of her great grandfather Al Maarouf, a grand Sufi master, who was inspired by the light of Islam founded on love, respect and peace.
  • Born into a family with many musicians, Nawal was immersed in both popular and spiritual music from a young age, in her native islands and also in her new home in France. Between traditional and contemporary, Nawal’s music weaves a rich dialog of cultures, a reflection of the diverse character of life in her native islands. Indo-Arabian-Persian music meets Bantu polyphonies, the syncopated rhythms and Sufi trance of the Indian Ocean.
  • In 2011 Nawal celebrated the release of “Embrace the Spirit”(Jade/Warner)with a tour in the USA. In 2007 Nawal released her second album “Aman” (Peace of the Soul) which was awarded stunning reviews from the international press. Her first album “Kweli” (Truth) was released in 2001 (Mélodie).
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