Read our interview with Habiba here.
Habiba makes light-footed and dreamy songs using the harp in a playful and rhythmical way effortlessly blending the genres pop, jazz, blues and folk into intimate and original music.
Habiba’s love for music started at a young age. Her mother played a harp made by her father. That made a big impression on Habiba. It was a logical step for her to learn how to play the harp too. She got into the young talent class of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and was admitted to the professional training. There she discovered that she felt the urge to make pop songs instead of playing the classical pieces. She answered to this desire. It started with pieces of lyrics and melodies that arose while biking through Amsterdam. To accompany those melodies she chose her favorite instrument: the harp! This resulted in adventurous and timeless songs where the dreamy singing of Habiba’s clear voice is accompanied by beautiful harp arrangements. Her songs are little stories, each with their own atmosphere. Live Habiba’s performance is described as “driven and intense”
In the summer of 2007 she won the pop competition “Mooie Noten”.
In the beginning of 2008 she presented her EP “Jewellery Box”.
The 18th of April she released her debut album “Take Flight”.
Habiba has played at: Bimhuis – Amsterdam, Paradiso – Amsterdam, Melkweg – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet- Amsterdam, Kleine Komedie- Amsterdam, Rozengracht theater- Amsterdam, Flevoparkfestival- Amsterdam, Tolhuistuin – Amsterdam, De Dam (Amsterdamdag) – Amsterdam, De Roode Bioscoop – Amsterdam, Vondelpark – Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Anita – Amsterdam, Sugar Factory – Amsterdam, Café Wilhelmina Pakhuis – Amsterdam, Tivoli – Utrecht, Tweetakt Festival – Utrecht, Muzikodroom- Hasselt- Belgium, Luxorlive – Arnhem, Sonsbeekfestival – Arnhem, Toonzaal- Den Bosch, Summertime festival – Den Haag, Festival Orfest – Noordeloos. Mezz – Breda, Patronaat – Haarlem.
Habiba has opened shows for: Kaki King, Imogen Heap, Giovanca.
Habiba has played with: Marijn Korff de Gidts, Mark Alban Lotz, Paul Pallesen, Maarten Ornstein, Dillon Lewis band, Michiel Stam, Saskia Meijs, Theatergroup MGA, Lake Montgommery, Noam Vazana, Arthur Adam, Ro Halfhide, Robert Koomen, Rob van Duuren.