Updated 08 January 2020
Arab News

6 Female singers from the region you need to be listening to

These are the new crop of female music stars hailing from the Middle East and North Africa that you need to be listening to in 2020.


  • Lolo Zouai

    The Franco-Algerian singer, who nabbed a Grammy for her co-writing skills, is on her way to global superstardom, having recently released a debut album and completed a whirlwind North American tour.


  • Dounia

    Born Dounia Tazi in Morocco, the 22-year-old first gained recognition for her body positive Instagram posts before launching her musical career in 2017.


  • Wafia

    The Syrian-Iraqi crooner first began writing songs as a way to escape the monotony of the biomedicine degree she was pursuing, resulting in her breakout hit “Let Me Love You.”


  • Abir

    Despite being a newcomer, the Moroccan-born New York-based singer has gone on to garner a loyal following of fans, performed during New York Fashion Week and collaborated with artists Masego and Fabolous.


  • Snoh Aalegra

    It’s not uncommon to get chills while listening to the Iranian-Swedish singer, who recently launched her sophomore album “Ugh, those feels again.”


  • TamTam

    Born in Riyadh, the Los Angeles-based singer has gained a following for her socially conscious music that explores the challenges she faces as an unapologetic Arab woman.