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Ghalia Benali to perform live at Cairo Jazz Club today

Thursday 22/March/2018 - 01:55 PM
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Tunisian superstar، Ghalia Benali will perform live Thursday evening at the Cairo Jazz Club، in Al Agouzah، Giza.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 10:30 PM (Cairo local time).

Meanwhile، it is scheduled for Ghalia to perform live at Cairo Opera House، in Zamalek، on March 26.

- Ghalia Benali in-depth-
Ghalia Benali، born December 21، 1968، is a Tunisian singer، songwriter، writer and graphic designer. Her music has been noted for its attribution 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 was born in Brussels، Belgium on December 21، 1968 to Ali Benali، a Physician and cytologist، and Najia Somai، a Beautician. She has three younger brothers Zied، Taher and Bechir. At the age of four، Benali’s father ended his medical studies and decided to return to the family’s homeland، where she later grew up in Zarzis، a coastal town in southeastern Tunisia. As a young girl، she started exploring her melodic fascination with recitations of the Quran، Indian and Egyptian cinema، in addition to Middle Eastern and Arab musicians as Oum Kalthoum، Sabah Fakhri and Adib AlDayikh.

With the support of her mother، Benali used to play dress up at family gatherings and perform to her guests، yet due to her shy nature، singing for a crowd was rather challenging. She would occasionally pretend being interviewed in front of her bedroom’s mirror. Before becoming an artist and musician، she hoped for a job that would allow her to travel and explore the world and even considered becoming a flight attendant. 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 to express herself through imagery and artistry. After graduating، Benali became an independent artist and graphic designer. Soon her passion for music further nourished after performing at her friend’s birthday، which she considers the day it all started.

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 first 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، Ghalia Benali sings Oum Kalthoum، Allegory of Desire and MwSOUL. In addition she made acting debuts and collaborated with international bands such as Spy from Cairo، Mad Professor، and The Metropole Orchestra.

On December 21، 1993، Benali celebrated her 25th birthday، first rise on stage and the 10th anniversary of a venue called Amadeus. She performed with an oriental band she met on stage، together with J.P. Gebbler، a Belgian jazz player، classical western musicians and a flamenco band. In June 1994، CASA CAIUS invited her to tour in Portugal، where she performed a line-up of 6 concerts in some of the most iconic historical places in North Portugal for Roland company.

Four years later، the musician collaborated with stylist، Vanessa Neirynck، in the international competition of styling “Brothers cup” in China and came in second. Later on، she left for Rajasthan، India، to learn dancing. In 1999، Benali was invited by Kunsten-festival-des arts to perform in a concert in Bazaar in Brussels on a project with a new band that later on will be known as TimnaWild harissa.

Ghalia Benali’s voice has been dubbed as multicultural and polymorphic. Spending the first four years of her life in Brussels، Benali’s parents found comfort away from their homeland in music. Her mother highly appreciated French، Indian and Egyptian music while her father had an inclination towards Classical music such as Beethoven، in addition to Iraqi and Jordanian tunes.

Her music has been noted for its attribution to multiple genres. Benali’s southern Tunisian upbringing and fascination with Middle Eastern and Arab legendary icons such as Oum Kalthoum، Abdel Basit Abdel Samad and Adib ElDayekh (AlMashayekh school) are palpable in her music style. Other influential sources on Benali’s mystical and spiritual art are Hazrat Inayat Khan and Sri Aurobindo، one of the greatest thinkers in India، and the cultures of Flamenco and gypsies of Rajasthan.

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