Nawal (The Comoros Islands):
A singer and musician whose work draws on traditional influences of the popular and spiritual music of the Comoros and incorporates sounds and instruments from African and Arab culture.
Nawal originally comes from the Comoros Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. Born into a family of many musicians, Nawal was surrounded by both popular and spiritual music from a young age. Now living in France, today she is known the "Voice of Comoros, "A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nawal plays guitar, gambusi (traditional lute, inherited from Yemen), and diverse percussion. Her music draws on traditional Comorian influences and incorporates sounds from African and Arabic culture. Nawal has self-produced both her albums, and has toured in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.