Noam „Nani“ Vazana
Internationally acclaimed singer, composer, pianist and trombonist.
Noam „Nani“ Vazana brings a breath of fresh air into the jazz and world landscape. Her hypnotising vocals, often compared to Mercedes Sosa and Nina Simone, and her timeless compositions, connect the ancient Ladino culture to our modern lives today, creating a unique blend of Middle Eastern music, North African beats & Nani’s own composed Ethnic-Jazz songs.
Nani’s music has distant leanings to Flamenco, North African music and Sephardic traditional song. She is the only known artist to revitalise the ancient Ladino language of her grandmother’s Morocco, bringing it into the spotlight and up-to-date with material resonant with our own times. The cultural backgrounds of her fellow musicians – on guitar and percussion – range, like the Ladino language itself, from all around the globe: Chile, Israel and The Canary Islands.
Nani won the Sephardic Music Award (2017), ranked as an iTunes Top-20 bestseller (2015), and won the ACUM album prize. She has played at various international events, sharing the stage with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Katie Melua, Bobby McFerrin & more. She has also composed music for BBC and NPO documentaries. So far, she has released 3 albums. The latest one, Andalusian Brew, was released in 2018 (Xango Music) and was followed by a world tour of 90 concerts. Nani is board member of the Amsterdam Artist Collective, and is a frequent collaborator, including with the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, and South African cellist Abel Selaocoe.