“Music isn’t the only thing we love about this fresh face on the scene, Nabiha’s playful, carefree style has also caught our eye and has her making a name for herself in Europe’s fashion scene. Her big hair, colorful makeup, and bold outfits reflect her personality and individual style. Nabiha is definitely living up to her name and is a woman to keep your eye on as she continues to make music that touches the soul.”
— CLUTCH MUSIC
“Nabiha has been around most genres and has now developed her own unique style, which is strengthened by her sublime and distinctive vocals. She possesses an energy and attitude that bewitches the listener of her music in a brilliant way.”
Nabiha Bensouda, the award-winning, chart-topping Danish-African pop soul-singer, is currently dominating the pop music scene in Scandinavia and is poised and ready to take on the US.
Nabiha, whose family has both Danish and North-West African roots, grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark listening to a wide variety of music ranging from African lullabies to disco, soul, reggae, rock, R&B, and electronica, all of which are present in Nabiha’s style today. “Deep Sleep” her first single includes one of her mother’s favorite African lullabies. “I grew up with a welcoming, loving, strong mother and grandmother who taught me so much about life. I was constantly inspired by the love of people around me. I feel lucky.”
In February 2010, Nabiha released her debut album “Cracks” to critical acclaim. “Deep Sleep,” the first single from the album, premiered on MTVU and was named “Song of the Day” on international tastemaker site Popjustice. After non-stop live television and radio performances in Denmark, Germany, and Poland, “Deep Sleep” could be heard everywhere from television to radio to film. The song peaked at #5 on the overall Danish airplay charts and the accompanying video has had over 500,000 views on YouTube.
Nabiha’s second single, “The Enemy,” (no. 5 on airplay) has been licensed to cinema premieres for “Sex And The City 2,” “Basketball Wives of LA,” “The Hills (Scandinavian),” and the Danish Blockbuster “Alle For En.” It was also named an “Essential Track” on Roger Sanchez’s Radio Show, “Song of the Day” on Popjustice, and the Daddy’s Groove remix of the song made it to No. 3 on the UK Buzz Chart, as well as into Top 5 in Denmark.
“Cracks” propelled Nabiha into the international spotlight: She was named “Artist of the Year” at The Best African Achievement Awards and was nominated for “New Artist of the Year” at the Danish Music Awards and both “Listener’s Hit of the Year” and “New Talent of the Year” at the National Radio Awards. In 2010 alone she was invited to support James Morrison, Jason Derulo, Jamie Cullum, and Rasmus Seebach (Danish 10x Platinum selling artist) on their sold out tours in Denmark and Germany. Nabiha was also invited to perform at the Reperbahn Festival, the Skanderborg Festival, the SPOT Festival, Earth Hour, and the Danish National Football Stadium, which lead to a strong positive review from leading Danish music magazine Gaffa (equivalent to NME in the US):
“Danish Nabiha with the African Roots was a strong and positive experience. She did two refreshing up-tempo songs style-wise around retro-soulish Amy Winehouse meets Duffy and modern style pluralists like M.I.A. and Santigold – and she really sang well. She’s gonna be big” – GAFFA
In February 2011, after signing to DiscoWax, Nabiha headlined a sold out tour of Denmark before releasing “More Cracks,” the international re-edit of her debut album. The album, produced/co-written by Carl Ryden, Tommy D (Graffiti 6), Michelle Escoffery (Anastacia), and Jeremy Wheatley (Royksopp, Robyn, Leona Lewis), was recorded in both London and Los Angeles. “I really wanted to work a bit more on “Cracks,” as so much happened over the last year in my life.”
“Trouble,” the first single from the album, is a stress relief song; “This song is about me learning to deal with the new changes in my life, keeping up with deadlines, paying bills, and pushing myself as an artist while trying to stay creative and positive at the same time.” Other new songs on “More Cracks” include “Sound of My Gun,” “Can’t Do Anything,” and “Never Played the Bass.” “Never Played The Bass,” the album’s second single, has already reached No. 6 on the Denmark Airplay Charts and is still climbing. Watch the video for the single here:
In the past month alone, Nabiha has made appearances on all major television shows in Denmark, including Sports Awards 2012, She was also asked by HRM Queen of Denmark to perform a Stevie Wonder Cover at her 40th Anniversary in front of all the European Royal Families. Her music has also been synced on television, with “You” featured on last week’s episode of Mob Wives, and she has eight upcoming syncs scheduled to appear on Basketball Wives of LA, Mob Wives and more.
Nabiha is currently writing and recording her next album, due out in 2012, and on February 3, she will perform at an already sold out show in Denmark. In late February Nabiha will be making her US performance debut, first at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on 2/21/2012 at 8:30pm, and then at Hotel Café in LA on 2/25/2012 at 7pm.