Tania Saleh is one of the rare female singers/songwriters/visual artists in the Arab world and one of the
most respected indie artists in the region. Since the early 1990’s, her art mirrors the reality of the
Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil. She has experimented with various music genres, always
challenging herself to explore new styles (musically, lyrically and visually), which has resulted in a fresh
and original mix of alternative art forms. She revives traditional Lebanese music but also experiments with
folk, alternative rock, bossa nova, jazz, classical and most recently electronic music.
Her collaborations are very eclectic: Ziad Rahbany, Toufic Farroukh, Natasha Atlas, Issam Hajali, Charbel Rouhana, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rayess Bek, Alaa Wardi, Khaled Mouzannar, Miles Copeland, Hazem Chahine, 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, Joumana Haddad, Emel Methlouthi and Øyvind Kristiansen.
To date, she has released 7 albums, "Tania Saleh” 2002, “Wehde” 2011, “Live at DRM” 2012, “A Few Images” 2014, “Intersection” 2017, “Live in Barcelona” 2019 and “10 A.D.” 2021. She released many independent music videos directed by various talented Lebanese artists including Rabih Mroueh, Nadine Labaki, Chady Younes, David Habchy and Amin Dora.
Her 5th album “Intersection” 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.
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 the title song of Philip Araktinji’s film “Heritages” (2014). She has also written songs for other female singers like Abeer Nehme, 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 Al Jazeera-produced 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 produced by Miles Copeland. She is featured in compilation albums around the world including: “Acoustic Women” (Putumayo-USA), “Songs From a Stolen Spring” (Norway/USA), “Bagdad Heavy Metal” & “Desert Roses 5” (USA), “Radio Beirut” (Galileo, Germany), “Sunset in Mykonos”, “Sunset in Marrakesh” & “La Fleur Orientale” (Turkey).
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 has collaborated in musical and artistic workshops and residencies in Egypt, France, USA, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Kuwait, Dubai, Switzerland and Lebanon. 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 any proper management or booking agency since 2002, she was invited to perform live in various venues of the world including Byblos International Festival, Beirut Spring Festival, Beirut and Beyond International Music Festival, Hammana Artist House (Lebanon), The Roxy & Arlington Festival (USA), Institut du Monde Arabe (France), La Mercè Festival 2019 (Spain), The Nobel Peace Center and Oslo World Music Festival (Norway), Malmö Festivalen, Stockholm Kulturfestival, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Stallet (Sweden), The Barbican Centre & Liverpool Philharmonic (UK), Cairo Opera House, Al Genaina Theater, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria Jesuit Center, Greek Campus-AUC, Al Gouna Film Festival (Egypt), Dubai Design District and Wasla Music Festival (UAE), The National Theater of Doha (Qatar), Al Shaheed Park and Al DAR (Kuwait), The Odeon Theater (Jordan), Visa for Music (Morocco) and many more.