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A deep and mesmerizing voice ... music that builds bridges ... roots and wings ... extraordinary musicians .... freedom... a cocktail of soul, folk, jazz, reggae and blues ... and love .. always. Welcome Chelima’s world
"A luminous singer... A lot of warmth, tenderness, and emotion in this project'
Lionel Eskenazi (Jazzmag, France Musique, Music)
"We can talk about a cocktail : a good dose of reggae and soul, a glassfull of blues, a dash of 'chanson', all served with jazz. To enjoy without moderation !
Chélima is a French singer of Malian, Spanish and Egyptian origins.
Chélima has been singing since a very young age and after a long break, she went back to music in 2016 when she met Moustapha Gaye, Youssou 'N' Dour's guitarist. This will mark a turning point. He encourages her to go ahead and he helped arranging her songs. He also introduced her to his master, Jeannot Mendy. The magic operated right away and together they shaped a world of international delights. She then decided to try the stage and in 2017, she played in the bars and Summer stages in the South of France.
In March 2018, she released her first EP, The Beholder and began her first tours. She appeared at various venues and festivals including the International Jazz Festival of Madrid and Barcelona, at the Sunset Jazz Club (Paris), Pizza Express Soho Jazz Club (London) or Festival Rock the Pistes (Avoriaz).
In 2019, she began working and Touring with Sura Susso's Kora player on the duet project 'crossing worlds' in which they took on the greatest standards of jazz and soul music.
Chélima released several singles including 'Try me' in June 2019 and her first chanson française : 'Tout est parfait' in July 2020.