Ghalia Benali a singer of Tunisian origin, decided to dedicate ner now program to the great Om Khaltoum. Ť Om Khaltoum was my first music school Ť says Ghalia. Only 4 years old, she listened endlessly to Al Atlal on an old LP, fascinated by the hypnotic turning of the disc. Many years later this song still played in her head, but she didn't dare to bring it on stage. It is clear that it is not simple to sing Om Khaltoum.
The late great Egyptian singer with the extraordinary voice produced up till 14000 vibrations per second. Even 35 years after her death, she is still the object of an incomparable cult. She inspires, impresses and moves whole generations until the present day.
Looking for new sources and before embarking on a new musical search through other cultures, Ghalia pays tribute to this great lady. In this new project Ghalia is accompanied by the virtuoso ud player Moufadhel Adhoum, Vincent Noiret on double bass and Azzedine Jazouli on Arabic percussion. Ghalia definitely does not mean to compete with the powerful voice of the diva, but rather tries to give new life to the overwhelming emotion of these deep and authentic songs. She tries to reach this goal by using a very intimate musical setting, rather than the big orchestras that used to accompany Om Khalthoum.
Ghalia grew up in an artistic family in the south of Tunisia. From her childhood on she was impregnated with different kinds of music and poetry: French chansons, Egyptian and Indian musicals, melodies from Syria and Iraq, the 'tartil' and the poetry from Om Kalthoum.
She sings with an incredible expression and a strong sensuality with a voice that gets under your skin. She is also a dancer, actress and artist in plastic arts.
Ghalia is born in Brussels in 1968. At the age of 3 she moved, together with her family, again to Tunisia, where she grew up. After finishing her education in Tunis, she returned to Brussel, Bel....... więcej