CHIHA works with various musicians;
among others with Sumeya, please check also: www.Sumeya.de
Chiha (Medicinal plant Wormwood) was born in the southern Tunisian desert in the oasis Degache.
During her vocal studies she specialised in Arabic-Andalousian music as well as Berber traditions and the rare art of Nubat, which only very few people know how to sing. 1968-1971 she became the main singer for the Palace in Karthago, and in 1968 the President of Tunisia, Habib Burgeba gave her the name “Wafa Khaldia” (the eternal faith). She has performed countless tours, appeared on TV at the Soccer World Cup in 2006 and TEDDY Queer Film Award at the Berlinale Film Festival 2007, and on radio broadcasts which introduced her to the public both in Tunisia and abroad with traditional classic Arabic ‘Malouf’.
In the sixties, while still studying at the Tunis Conservatory, CHIHA participated in a classical music concert featuring a German symphony orchestra and was fascinated by this orchestral soundworld which was new to her – this inpired her to mix elements of European and Arabic soundworlds.
In 2000, she released her first album “Oh Mami” with United-ONE-Records (U1cd-2029), the main track of which became a radio and club hit across the Mediterranean and is found on numerous compilations (including Chick Corea).
CHIHA’s second album ‘Mystic Bridges’ (U1Cd-2044) followed as a natural stylistic progression from her first album, it blends Arabian-Andalousian traditional sounds with contemporary Western dance music resulting in an outstanding oriental pop record with Drum’n‘Bass and House influences. ‘Mystic Bridges’ was a result of the collaboration of her work with:
Wolfgang Ohmer, who masterminded the project, Wando Freyburg and Matthias Trippner – the drummer of band Shank, and the producer of her first album ‘Oh Mami’.
The voice of Chiha, our very own oriental jewel, and her tragic lyrics deal with love and conflicts of cultures work well with the experimental programme of Orient & Oxident, resulting in a genre of fantastic Arabic Trance.
She dedicates her songs – mostly composed herself – to those who have supported her. Mutual understanding, respect and love of people is all-important to her and are often the subjects of her songs.
Her awesome voice and performance will make an audience of more than 100.000 people dance!
Performances / Concerts
As a singer of traditional classic Arabic ‘Malouf’ Chiha toured with Tunisian National Orchestra in: Algeria, Libya, France and Tunisia.
1968 Best Voice of the Magreb-countries
1968-71 Main singer for the Palace in Karthago, Tunesien
1968-71 Tunis Conservatory RASHIDIA, University for NUBAT (old classical Malouf)
Concerts with Tunesian National Orchestra in Nizza, Grenoble, Marseille, Lyon, Libyen, Algeria
After moving to Germany CHIHA performed in Europe: Berlin (Haus der Kulturen der Welt); Carneval of Cultures; World Cup: Cologne (WDR / Cologne Broadcasting and TV Station), Hamburg (Factory, Carneval of Cultures, Christ Church), Frankfurt am Main, Saarbrücken (Municipal Cultural Festival), Munich (Deutsches Theater), Karlsruhe (JUBEZ, Municipal Youth Meeting Point), Stuttgart, Erfurt (Ancient Mill Festival), Freiburg im Breisgau, Constance (Lake Constance), Darmstadt, Hof, Neustadt (Palatine), Municipal Cultural Festival, Nürnberg (Municipal Cultural Festival), Idar-Oberstein
2006 CHIHA created a new band in Berlin with EuropOriental Pop
All Nations Boulevard at Cup: Faces – Peaceful Colours of Cultures (WM)
BERLINALE Filmfestival, Teddy-Award, presented by ARTE-tv
2007 Japan Tournee POP BIZ in Tokyo with: Tehran-Dakar Brothers, Wagane N’Diaye Rose, Sohrab Saadat
H.H. Dalai Lama Birthday Party, Berlin
2008 Sharq Taronalari Festival, Uzbekistan
2009 Time-Zones Festival, Bari, Italy
2010 JAZZSOMMER + Konzertsommer Berlin CREOLE worldmusic-award Berlin-Brandenburg – nomination
2011 SXSW Worldmusic-expo in Austin/Texas USA
2012 MICRO! Festival Dortmund
2013 Babel-Med Expo, Marseille
2013 Word Cultural Forum in Denbasar, Bali.
2015 Kenako-Afrikafestival, VIVE L’AFRIQUE Afrikafestival,
Concert at “Deutscher Afrika-Preis (German Africa Award)” for Houcine Abassi
2016 MARHABA BERLIN, Jazzsommer Berlin, Kenako Festival
2017 Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin,
Konzert der Solidarität in Karlsruhe, Auftritt bei den Karlsruher Wochen gegen Rassismus
2000 “Oh Mami”, United-One incl. Hit: “Oh Mami”,
Radio- & Club-Favorit of both sides of Mediterranean
2005 ‘CHIHA 2’, United-One
2008 “Mystic Bridges“, United-One the cultural bridge of Orient & Oxident !
2008 “Solange Flüsse fliessen”, Producer: Gerhard Noske
2009 “Ein Herz und eine Rose” with SUMEYA.de
2004 „Sounds right“, Hacate Entertainment Group with “Oh Mami”
2003 “Hand in Hand” International eV, African Artists, Bibiafrica, “Oh Mami”
2006 “New Romance”, United-One-rec. with “Oh Mami”
2006 32 National hymnes to WM 2006, Crescendo-rec.
2011 CHIHA u.a. CD-release “1884” – Song 8: AFRIKI – text + voc. CHIHA