Simona Abdallah


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Simona was born 1979 in Germany, from Palestinian parents. She grew up in Denmark and today has her home in Copenhagen.

She plays Arabic percussion, especially darbuka, despite the fact that this is considered a masculine instrument, and almost always played by men. Therefore she is one of very few women in the world from The Middle East who play’s this instrument professionally.

Simona is self-taught and has been playing since she was 15. One of her goals is to record an album that fuses western music, rock, house and pop with the Middle Eastern rhythm. To facilitate a meeting of cultures is a wish close to Simonas heart.

Simona is an accomplished artist who is often asked to support various dance acts with her percussion, i.e. belly dancers, hip-hop dancers etc.

Simona aims to release her first Single album REACH OUT in the spring of 2010.

Because of the instrument she plays Simona has often been challenged in the pursuit of her career. She never gave up and strongly believes in following your dreams and stay positive even if the going sometimes gets rough.


participating in

  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009