Tania Saleh biography 2019

Tania Saleh is a contemporary alternative Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist, one of the rare female singers/songwriters in the Arab world and one of the most respected independent artists in the region. Her lyrics mirror the reality of the Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil.

Since her early debut in 1990, she has experimented with various genres, always challenging herself to explore new styles (musically, lyrically and visually), which has resulted in a fresh and original mix of Lebanese alternative artfroms. She revives traditional Arabic music like “tarab”, “mawwal” and “dabke” but also experiments with folk, alternative rock, bossa nova, jazz and most recently electronic music.

Her collaborations are very eclectic: Ziad Rahbany, Toufic Farroukh, Issam Hajali, Charbel Rouhana, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rayess Bek, Khaled Mouzannar, RZA, Nile Rodgers, Charlotte Caffey, Tarek El Nasser, Bernd Kurtzke, Anneli Drecker, Lisa Nordstrôm, Lina Nyberg, Mathias Eick, Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Knut Reiersrud, Bugge Wesseltoft, Kari Bremnes, Terry Evans and most recently Joumana Haddad and Khalil Judran.

To date, she has released 5 albums, "Tania Saleh” 2002 (self-produced), “Wehde” 2011 (self-produced), “Live at DRM” 2012 (self-produced), “Shwayit Souwar-A Few Images” 2014 (co-produced by the Norwegian label, KKV) and “Intersection” 2017, an audiovisual experiment combining street art, Arabic calligraphy, poetry and contemporary electronic music (co-produced by the Norwegian label, KKV). Her last project has won the German Record Critics' Award in the World Music category and was selected in the long list of best albums of the year for 2018. The street art she has created for her last audiovisual album has made it to the finalists category in the Global Arts Awards for 2018.

She released many independent music videos directed by various talented Lebanese film directors: Nadine Labaki, Amin Dora, Chadi Younes, David Habchy, Obeida Sidani and Elie Fahed.

She wrote the song lyrics for two of Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s feature films “Caramel” (2007) and “Where Do We Go Now?” (2011), and co-wrote with Rayess Bek the title song of Philip Araktinji’s film “Heritages” (2014). She has also written songs for other female singers like Abeer Nehmeh, Rasha Rizk and Natasha Atlas.

Many of her songs have been used in various television and radio programs, online journals and film soundtracks worldwide.

Tania was featured as one of the main Arab artists in the film “Next Music Station” directed by Fermin Mugurusa and in the PBS-produced film “Dissonance and Harmony/Arab Music Goes West” directed by Jon Brandeis and in compilation albums around the world: “Songs From a Stolen Spring” (Norway/USA), “Bagdad Heavy Metal” & “Desert Roses 5” (USA), “Radio Beirut” (Germany), “Sunset in Mykonos”, “Sunset in Marrakesh” & “La Fleur Orientale” (Turkey) and “Acoustic Women” (Putumayo-USA).

She was chosen by The Baalbeck International Festival to perform at the temple of Bacchus in 2014. She also shared the stage as a guest with Lebanese trumpet player and composer Ibrahim Maalouf at the Byblos International Festival the same year.

Her fourth album launch concert was sponsored by The Baalbeck International Festival in 2015. She wrote and performed a special song on the occasion of the festival’s 60th anniversary that was used as their end-of-year gift.

She has collaborated in musical and artistic workshops and residencies in Lebanon, Kuwait, France, USA, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Dubai, Switzerland and Egypt.

In October 2019, she was chosen to be a member of the jury at Carthage Music Festival in Tunisia.

Although she is still working independently without a proper manager or booking agency, she performed live in various venues of the world including Byblos International Festival, Beirut Spring Festival, Music Hall, Beirut and Beyond, AUB, Hamman Artist House (Lebanon), Dar Al Opera, Must Opera House, Al Genaina Theater, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria Jesuit Center, Greek Campus-AUC, The Marquee, Cairo Jazz Club (Egypt), Dubai Design District and Wasla Music Festival (UAE), The National Theater of Doha (Qatar), Al Shaheed Park and DAR (Kuwait), The Roxy & Arlington Festival (USA), The Odeon Theater (Jordan), Free Zone, By:Larm, Women’s Voices, Nobel Peace Center and Oslo World Music Festival (Norway), Malmö Festivalen, Stockholm Kulturfestival, Östergötlands Musikdagar, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Stallet (Sweden), The Barbican Centre, Liverpool Philharmonic (UK), Visa for Music (Morocco), Institut du Monde Arabe (France), La Mercè Festival 2019 (Barcelona).

She is currently working on her 6th album to be released in 2020.

Honors & Awards
-Lifetime Achievement Award, Lebanese American University, Beirut - 2018
-Finalist for the Global Arts Award for the street art in the audiovisual album “Intersection” - 2018
-Winner of the German Record Critics’ Award for World Music for the audiovisual album “Intersection” - 2018
-Best Film Soundtrack for «Where Do We Go Now?», Prix France Musique Sacem - 2012 Lyrics by Tania Saleh - Music by Khaled Mouzanar - Directed by Nadine Labaki
-Best Film Soundtrack for «Where Do We Go Now?», Stockholm International Film Festival - 2011 Lyrics by Tania Saleh - Music by Khaled Mouzanar - Directed by Nadine Labaki
-Best Independent Music Album for «Tania Saleh», Dubai Press Award - 2002
-Honored for excellence in Fine Arts, Sheikh Zayed Award, Lebanese American University, Beirut - 1990

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