Artist Profiles: Najat Aatabu

Najat Aatabu

The emotionally charged voice of Najat Aatabu (Also spelled Aatabou, in French) is one of the strongest and most thrilling in popular Moroccan music, known as chaabi. On stage, her voice and presence are electrifyingsome of her movements derive from jedba exorcism/trance ritual from Northern Africa. Her dynamic performances and forthright views take her straight to the heart of the Moroccan public and have made her a star.

As a teenager, she liked to sing songs in Berber and Arabic. Her parents were not very pleased because they believed that being a singer was not a reputable profession for a woman. Najat Aatabu decided to move from her hometown, Khemisset, to Casablanca, where she got a record deal. with the Hassania label.

She receives inspiration from thousands of Moroccan women who write letters to her and she replies singing. Her lyrics are witty and she combines words from Arabic and Tamazight (Berber).


The Voice of the Atlas (Globe Style, 1991)
Country Girls & City Women (Rounder, 1997)
Najat Aâtabou (La Fa Mi, 1998)
La Diva marocaine (La Fa Mi, 2001)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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