Nani is the world's first original Ladino artist. This year she focuses on her fourth release 'Ke Haber' ('What's New'), and her first UK tour. This is a ground-breaking record for many reasons: it captures the spirit of an endangered language and culture, propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, and celebrates migration, gender and identity, making a strong but subtle statement about the female perspective.
It is also a turning point in her career: it presents her as a committed artist with identity, originality and a story to tell. The music she's making now is not only deeply personal to her Moroccan heritage, but has potential to impact upon bigger and broader audiences, at a time when music that unifies cultures and generations is needed more than ever.
For 2020 she is booked to play on major stages: the Richmond Folk Festival USA (main stage), the Montana Folk Festival USA (main stage), representing Israel at the HUE Festival Vietnam, the Manchester Jazz Festival UK and 34 more dates around the world.
In 2019, she performed at the Kennedy Center USA, Jodhpur RIFF festival India, represented the Netherlands at the EU Music Festival in Vietnam, won the SENA Album Award and an Arts Council England Commission Award.
Now is the right time for the worldwide audience to welcome Nani as a major voice and a force for good.
Nani is an acclaimed international singer, composer, pianist and trombonist. She brings a breath of fresh air into the world music landscape with her hypnotising vocals, often compared to Mercedes Sosa and Nina Simone, and her timeless compositions, which blend Middle Eastern music, North African beats and the Sephardic traditional song.
The cultural backgrounds of her fellow musicians – Pablo Dominguez (son of Chano Doinguez) on guitar and Ayoze de Alejandro on percussion - range, like the Ladino language itself, from all around the globe: the Iberian peninsula, Israel and The Canary Islands.
Nani won the PAIS Album Award ISR (2020), the SENA Album Award NL (2019) and an Arts Council England Premiere Award (2019), hosted 2 WOMEX panels (2019, 2018), won the Sephardic Music Award (2017), ranked as an iTunes Top-20 bestseller (2015), and won the ACUM Album Award (2014). Her last album, Andalusian Brew, was released in April 2018 (Xango Music) and was followed by a world tour of 90 concerts.
Further performances: Manchester Jazz Festival 2019 (UK premiere), Jazzahead DE, North Sea Jazz NL, Roccella Jazz IT, Injazz NL, Tanjazz MA, Jerusalem Jazz & Tel Aviv Jazz ISR, and as artist in residence at Amsterdam Roots Festival.
The Dutch NPO network released a mini documentary about Nani’s musical work in 2018. Nani also composed music for BBC and NPO documentaries.
Nani is the chairwoman of the Amsterdam Artist Collective, CEO at Why DIY Music and at Nova Productions, and is a frequent collaborator, including with the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra and South-African cellist Abel Selaocoe.
2020 Ke Haber (What's New) - Upcoming
2017 Andalusian Brew (Xango Music)
2014 Love Migration (Little Star Records)
2011 Daily Sketch (Combo Records)