Nesrine (© Nerea Coll)

Line up

  • David Gadea (percussion )
  • Maxime Barcelona (guitar)
  • Nesrine (voice, e-cello)
  • Swaeli Mbappé (electric bass)


"Nesrine's light and ethereal voice radiates throughout the whole album. A musical world without borders. * * * * " - Rolling Stone (FR)
“Nesrine merges jazz-inflected cello with her smoky, oaken vocals.“ - The Guardian (GB)
“The musical alchemy of Nesrine enchants us. A fresh, sophisticated, captivating album. * * * * “ - Songlines (GB)

Seemingly from out of the blue, the trio NES around the Franco-Algerian singer, cellist and songwriter Nesrine amazed the European music world: The 2018 debut album "Ahlam" received enthusiastic reactions with its sheer beauty, an unusual line-up of voice, cello and percussion and a unique blend of musical influences from around the Mediterranean. Her cello colleague Sol Gabetta called Nesrine "a wonderful singer and cellist", The London Times "an incandescent, multilingual talent", acclaimed French producer and radio host André Manoukian raved "NES lets us hear the beauty of the world" and Deutschlandfunk radio made clear: "The time for NES has come." Now, Nesrine reveals yet another side of her multi-facetted musical personality, re-inventing herself as a solo artist and thus continuing to tell her unique musical and personal story: Nesrine grew up in France as the child of Algerian parents and studied classical cello, soon working with institutions such as Daniel Barenboim's "East-Western Divan Orchestra" and the orchestra of the opera in Valencia directed by Lorin Maazel. She also played a leading role in a program of the "Cirque de Soleil". Her own, delicate songs in Arabic, French and English make her multifaceted, dazzling, unique artistic personality audible: One world of music, without borders, reflected by NESRINES cello and her powerful voice, with North African roots and a Mediterranean present. And a fascinating mix of minimal music, the playing culture of classical music and rhythmic influences from pop and jazz. World music? Global pop? Crossover? Perhaps. But much more simply: NESRINE.

For the new album Nesrine has team ed up with producer/ guitarist Vincent Hum a (Jorge Drexler, Miguel Bosé, Marlango) and sound engineer Fab Dupont (Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Wynton Marsalis, David Crosby and many more). Together with NES percussionist David Gadea and guests, they have succeeded in creating a complex musical world of both acoustic and electronic sounds, and yet the naturalness, the simplicity and warmth of the debut album "Ahlam" have been retained, and also broadened by adding completely new influences. In theory this might sound as if the juxtaposing of different cultures and the crossing over between them will lead to overload, but for Nesrine we are dealing with things that are normal, even existential. Her music is a reflection about her generation for whom origins and stylistic boundaries define themselves through their interaction. This music functions and flows so naturally because the combining of cultures is never artificial. It results from the fact that the different elements are simply, logically and truly parts of the artistic essence of the artist herself, and of her personal history.