Ghalia Benali

Ghalia Benali (born December 21, 1968) is a Tunisian singer, songwriter, writer, and graphic designer. Her music has been noted for its links to multiple genres and defining contemporary Arabic music. Benali's southern Tunisian upbringing and fascination with Middle Eastern and Arab legendary artists is palpable in her music style. Her voice has been dubbed as multicultural and polymorphic.

Ghalia Benali
غالية بنعلي
Background information
Birth nameGhalia Benali
Also known asWind's daughter or Om Kalthoum's granddaughter
Born (1968-12-21) December 21, 1968 (age 53)
OriginMatmata, Gabès Governorate, Tunisia
GenresContemporary Arabic music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, visual artist, actress, composer, writer
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1993–present
LabelsNetwork Medien, Music & words, De Werf, Warner Classics

Born in Brussels (Belgium), and raised in Zarzis, Tunisia, Benali embarked on her music career in the early 90s, during the rise of world music phenomena that exposed her to different cultures and philosophies. After finishing her science and mathematics studies at the age of 19, Benali returned to Brussels to study graphic design at the Institut Saint-Luc of Graphic Arts. Soon she became a widely recognized songstress in Europe, and in 2012 she made her debut on an Arab stage.

Some of the most prominent projects Benali has worked on are Kafichanta, Wild Harissa, Romeo and Leila, Al Palna, and The Indian Hadra. Benali has performed songs by Oum Kalthoum, Allegory of Desire, and MwSOUL. In addition, she has acted, and collaborated with international bands such as The Spy from Cairo, Mad Professor, and The Metropole Orchestra.


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