Teema is a Dutch/Moroccan Arabic Jazz/World Music Artist from Amsterdam.
Teema was born in Morocco to Moroccan parents. Her father was the first generation Moroccan guest workers that immigrated to Europe. Teema's mother immigrated from Rabat, Morocco to the Netherlands at the age of 14.
Teema spent her first turbulent years living between the Netherlands, Morocco and Portugal. At the moment, Istanbul, Turkey is what she calls home.
Teema also grew up with a strong Turkish culture presence in her upbringing. Her step father is from Turkey and her 3 siblings are half Turkish. Her Turkish relatives are from the city Sivas,Turkey.
It was a natural step for her using these 3 cultural musical elements in her first album. The name of the Album defines the music that she recorded. A fusion of the music in the East and West. She recorded her debut album “EastWest” in Amsterdam with musicians from the Netherlands, Bulgaria,Spain,Slovenia and Turkey.
On the album, Teema covered the famous Turkish song ‘Bulbulum Altin Kafeste”in Arabic using a famous poem by the late Palestinian-American poet “Mahmoud Darwish”. She worked together with the famous Syrian Poet Mahmoud Altaweel who is based in Turkey on the song ‘Bitishbah Istanbul”(you look like Istanbul) The famous Turkish clarinet musician Hüsnü Şenlendirici contributed on this song. She also covered music by the great French composer and pianist “Erik Satie” using a 500 year old Arabic poem for this song. On the album there are 6 original compositions by Teema and 3 covers. She wrote the songs in Syrian, Egyptian, Moroccan and Iraqi Arabic dialect.
Teema got in touch with Arabic music when she was 9 yrs old living in Rabat, Morocco for a year. Arabic music was always played at home. Popular music of Arabic singers such as: Um Khaltoum,Warda, Asmahan, just to name a few.
Searching for her artistic identity at the beginning in her career. At the age of 14 her mother gave her as a birthday present the album of the legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz. She fell in love with Fairuz but specially with some of her fusion compositions with Jazz.This is when Teema knew thats she doesn't have to choose for one music style. but can combine her both backgrounds The western music that she grew up with and her link with the Arabic music in the East.
Teema enrolled at the Music School of Amsterdam. There, she was a member of the Gospel world choir and local cover bands. Teema formed a girl band with her high school friends. The group wrote and performed their own songs and covers at clubs and festivals in the Netherlands.
at the age of 18, she went to the Hollywood centre of Arabic music in Cairo, Egypt to learn more about the Arabic music. She recorded her first Arabic song (in Egyptian dialect). The song was recorded in the same studio where the Egyptian legend Abdelhalim Hafez recorded some of his songs (studio Sout El Hob).
Since then, Teema has been performing in different countries in the world. From Denmark to Turkey, Cairo, Dubai, Lebanon, Jordan, being the voice of the nr one radio station in Saudi Arabia in 2015/2016( MBC FM, Panorama FM) to name a few.
In the Netherlands, Teema performed at numerous festivals such as: South East Jazz Festival, Haarlem Jazz Festival. She had the privilege of performing with the Dutch Royal Metropole Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall (Concertgebouw). This was for a live broadcast on the national Dutch television. with the Dutch Blazers Ensemble. Another great performance was Tribute to Fairouz, which was also held at the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam.
"Uniting Cultures with Peace as a Message"
The Hebrew/ Arabic song "Maktub" was recorded in Amsterdam together with the Dutch-Israeli singer "Noam Vazana"
Soon to be released with the band "ANNA RF" from Israel. singing in Arabic/English and Hebrew. A song about Positivity and Peace. The song will be released on their 4th Album 'Flight Mode" in April,2018. The video clip for the song was filmed in Istanbul,Turkey.
* Teema has supported projects that encourages and supports Arabic women in music. She represented the Netherlands at the MWMM (Muslim Women Music Makers), an international campaign to encourage and support Muslim women as Music makers worldwide. This was a European tour with other Muslim female artists.
* Teema went to Jordan to give music workshops to Syrian and Palestinian child refugees at UNRWA schools and at the Zaatari village camp in Jordan. She included "Art workshop" for children to paint their message's they would like to share with the children of the world.
She got inspired by the strength of the child refugees and wrote the song "SYRIA"
Teema will continue to grow as a musician and hopes to inspire people with her music all around the World.....