- AL VIN AL KHALIDI – New collaboration! >>Watch here
- Nadin Al Khalidi & Hans Appelqvist experiment >>Listen here (Svenska)
- Musikhjälpen -(donations for helping humanitarian tragedies) >> Watch here
- MiniMello – Mini Melody Festival of Sweden 2016
- Highlights from TARABBAND’s World Tour 2016
The Guardian – UK (English)
Sousse TV – Tunisia (Arabic)
Donya Ya Donya TV – Jordan (Arabic – Live)
Palestine International Festival (Arabic)
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2017 Swedish Art Grant, Sweden
2017 Manifest Gala and Music Awards (Gala taking place the 10th of February), Sweden
2016 Swedish Art Grant, Sweden
2015 Swedish Art Grant, Sweden
2014 Tradition Bearer at Folk & World Music Gala, Sweden >> Watch!
2014 Sparbank Culture Prize, Sweden
2013 Swedish Art Grant, Sweden
2012 Malmö Culture Prize, Sweden
Nadin was born in Baghdad into an artistic family. Her late father was an actor and her late mother played the Piano. During her childhood 1980 – 1991 Nadin lived in Iraq under different circumstances of great irony: a musically inspiring home and studying the Classical Western Violin in Baghdad. But also practicing a daily life under the threat and horror wars brought to Iraq during the first and the second Gulf wars.
As a child music always made Nadin stop for a moment and think. She explains:
” Expression, intensity and emotions transfeared to me as a receiver / listener through a musical instrument. The singer’s voice, pronunciation, body language, face expressions and eye contact. All these communication tools fascinated me as a child. Music helped me ”dreaming my self away” from reality in difficult situations. I often think of the times when hiding with my family and hundreds of other families, in the shelter in Baghdad during the second Gulf war. I was ten years old. I was actually rhyming and making up lyrics in my head to the ”rhythm” of each bomb or explosion sound. I recall writing some words, I wanted to believe they were song lyrics on the shelter’s wall. But I also connected music to feelings of love, joy, loving the life, feeling free and in balance.
My earliest memories with music goes back to when I was almost just one year old. I was crawling towards the Piano, while my late mother was practicing. I stood by the Piano and my hight allowed me to see only my mother’s fingers on the Piano from the profile. That was according to my late mother, the first time I actually stood up. I crawled towards the sound of the music. Sounds like a good song title!”
Year 1992 Nadin moved to Cairo where her mother was born and later died after a long struggle with Cancer: ”All of it was hard, tough and intensive. Loosing my mom, experiencing two wars, being one of 20 million people who lived and worked and struggled in Cairo, looking at the Pyramids every morning in my way to school, living a way from my home town Baghdad and being a foreigner in Egypt, the political struggles in the Middle East and the world, the media, news of stoning women till death in some parts of the world, dictatorships and injustice … and many more thoughts.. all of that started a long list of questions and observations in my head as a teenager. I knew then for sure, all of that was just the beginning of an interesting and tough journey of life!”
Back to Baghdad, Iraq in 1998 Nadin was strongly inspired by the Western Music and culture. She was fascinated by the world’s folk movements towards freedom and justice in the 60’s and 70’s. Accidentally Nadin found a dusty plastic bag on a shelf in an old music stor in Baghdad. The bag contained a video tape of Joan Baez singing protest songs at the Washington square 1963, an audio tape with recordings of Joan Baez singing to children and families during the Vietnam war in a church. Nadin realized for the first time the huge impact music had made /can make in a society:
” It was important for me to have an idol. Someone to look up to and believe in. Someone who touches my soul. Someone who inspire and ”guide” me as a teenager. A person who’s task is big and global. Someone who carries a message of peace, since all my life up to that age had been surrounded by war. A strong voice! The political, social and moral corruption in Iraq in the 90’s suffocated me. It was dangerous. Everyone and everything was censured and controlled by the government. The TV and radio programs were carefuly selected. You couldn’t trust your best friend or tell your opinion about a political matter. The Western music was somehow banned. But I found those tapes and a book about ”Wood Stock”. The tapes and the book were my only window into the outside world.”
SWEDEN AND INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Along with many war refugees, Nadin arrived to Sweden year 2001 leaving her home country Iraq and her memories behind. Nadin decided to start learning the Guitar once she got out of the refugee camp. She directly started writing her songs in English and performed them in a small singer & song writer venue in Gothenberg. Year 2003, Nadin moved to the south of Sweden, the city of Malmö where she studied the Swedish language and also worked in a fast food restaurant. She combined that with local performances at small venues and pubs, presenting cover songs in English. Year 2005 she first met the director Nicklas Sandström, the founder of Teater Foratt, who’s work based on mixing music and theatre in both Arabic, English and Swedish. Later, Nadin started participating in several music and theatre programs, which natuarly led to later performances. Nadin was unable to continue her classical music studies on the Violin through the years because of the war circumstances and the long ”trip” refugee to Sweden. But her determination to learn music and adopting it to be her profession led her to many musical meetings and collaborations. As the meeting with the Swedish Folk musicians Gabriel Hermansson and Dan Svensson ( known from the Swedish Folk music ensembles JIDDER , ALLA FAGRA and ODE ) who also showed their interest in collaborating. That meeting led directly into building the Swedish Arabic ensemble TARABBAND.
Through her years in Sweden, Nadin have been actively leading and engaging in music, theater and cultural projects that are focusing on: Face to face meeting and story telling through music. Nadin is mostly seen on stage as a singer and a musician, and sometimes as an actress at Malmoe National Theater. It was in Sweden where Nadin first discovered her interest for the Arabic music. First with presenting /re arranging folk and traditional Arabic songs.
In Nadin’s radio program at the Swedish National Radio ” Farfars tallrik ” of Folk & World Music, she presents her own story from childhood in Iraq till arriving to Sweden as a refugee in both fictional and real way. Those stories unfolded her experiences of exile, love and war. The program’s title is based on a small plate with symbols of horses scratched on it, the only physical thing Nadin packed together with some clothes when she left her country Iraq.
” Through my music & theatre shows, radio programs at The Swedish National Radio, I aim to inspire people by sharing my story and other’s stories. I wish and work hard to increase tolerance among people from different cultures, to help understanding each others cultures – and the different cultures. I feel very privileged being an immigrant in Europe. Today I stand with this diverse identity taking part of two great cultures and civilisations from the East and the West. Having music and never the less many inspirational people around me through the years helped shaping this identity. ”