Known as “a maker of her own myths” as described by The New York Times, Ghalia Benali; the Tunisian-Belgian artist started her artistic career in 1992 as a singer, writer, composer, dancer, visual artist, painter, designer & actress.
Blending different types of music, connecting different cultures; reviving the old and rooting the new are a natural outcome of mixing the two extremes she lived through. Ghalia was born in Brussels, and raised in south Tunisia. She studied Graphic Design in St. LUC Institute - Brussels. Her music has been noted for its attribution to multiple genres and defining contemporary Arabic music.
“Carthage’s Aretha Franklin”, “Wind's Daughter”, “Ambassador of the Arabic Culture”, “Om Kolthoum's Granddaughter”, are just some of the titles she was given during her path.
Benali was rated among the ten Most Fondly Remembered Live Performances of 2013 by The New York Times, she received the World of Music Award for the best world music song from The British Independent Organization in 2008, the Best Actress award in Spain in June 2016 by Women for Africa Foundation and was nominated as Most Promising Actress by Les Magrittes Du Cinema 2017 for her role in the Tunisian movie As I Open My Eyes by the Tunisian Young Director Leila Bouzid, and recently received the Best Actress award from African Cinema Festival – Ecran Noir for her role in the movie Fatwa for the great Tunisian Director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud.
Her artistic balance is rich with ten music albums, many different musical collaborations, five movies, Egyptian TV series, a book, musical and exhibitions of paintings.