Je Vous Demande Paix (“I Ask for Peace”)

Nawal originally comes from the Comoros Islands, also known as the “Perfume Islands” or “Islands of the Moon,” located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa.

Between traditional and contemporary, Nawal’s music weaves a rich dialog of cultures, a reflection of the diverse character of life in her native islands. Indo-Arabian-Persian music meets Bantu polyphonies, the syncopated rhythms and Sufi trance of the Indian Ocean. Known as the “Voice of Comoros,” Nawal is also the first Comoran woman singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist to give performances in public.

Accompanied by the instruments of her Indian Ocean roots: gambusi, flute, mbira, and daf; Nawal invites us into her dream of a peaceful world. Thoughts and words disappear, and make way for meditation, introspection and inner peace.