Song of the day: Nabiha – Never Played The Bass
I’m a sucker for a girl with an afro. Which is why Nabiha Bensouda is so immediately interesting to me. Add to that her irresistable smile and unique sense of style, and I’m sold.
As better music critics than I have noted, Nabiha has an incredible aura around her. Her eclectic pop-soul sound lures you in and makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a fantastic, friendly intimite party. Even when you’re listening alone in front of your laptop as I am Never Played The Bass is our Song Of The Day today for its stonking mix of horns and almost Winehouse-esque energy as Nabiha glams up a dowdy working men’s club.
P.S. We love her trumpet-playing mini-me!
What the critics say:
PopJustice spoke in glowing terms about Nabiha:
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.
As if almost effortlessly, Nabiha uses her eclectic style of music to express her emotions and connect with fans, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of everyone who listens.
Why you should care?
Okay, tell us a bit more about Nabiha: She’s a singer from Denmark who, having broken out in the Danish scene is heading out into the big bad world to make her fortune. She’s described as having Danish-African roots and wears her culture on her sleeve on tunes like Deep Sleep which contains a section from an African lullaby her mother used to sing to her.
Musical influences? Everything and the kitchen sink. From the previously mentioned ethnic influences to disco, soul, reggae, rock, R&B, and electronica. You can hear them loud and clear in Nabiha’s songs.
What’s the buzz? Since releasing her debut album Cracks in February 2010, Nabiha has been on the upward trend. Her songs have been featured in films and TV shows in her native Denmark and further afield. GAFFA insightfully likened her to “retro-soulish Amy Winehouse meets Duffy and modern style pluralists like M.I.A. and Santigold”. All namechecks that inspire confidence. She’s also worked the festival circuit and supported acts like Jason Derulo, Jamie Cullum and James Morrison in the last twelve months.
Where can we find her online? Visually, you’ll want to try her YouTube channel. Plenty to keep you busy there. If you want to tell Nabiha how great she is, hit her Twitter page, @nabihamusic or follow her on Facebook.