Singer-songwriter, Badiaa Bouhrizi AKA Neysatu emanates from the alternative musical scene in Tunisia.
With her distinctive vocal style and committed lyrics, she succeded in creating a unique musical fusion, inspired by Jazz, Soul, Rock, Funk, Electronica, and Reggae. Her success has exceeded the boundaries of her country of origin to win over the UK, France, Spain, Canada, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Colombia, Mexico, and Egypt.
Her melodies were forged by the cries of her once enslaved fellow countrymen, the true words of the poets without whom the sound would have remained mute, the commitment to truth, beauty and joy, the sharing of human emotions through a note, a strike, an embroidered vibration.
Badiaa started her musical journey at age 7, as a soloist for a local choir, later joining the Tahar Haddad choir which was dedicated to classical Arabic music such as Mouwachahate, Malouf etc. In 1998, in Tunis, she joins the Rock band the “Black Angels” then “Kheprae”, a free improvisation band.
Followed collaborations with Nicolas Peigney (French Contemporary Music) while studying Musicology at Paris VIII, Awalé Band (Jazz Afro-beat Band, London England), Adrian Sherwood (Dub Producer, London), Youssou N’dour on a live performance in Tunisia, Fathi Salama (Neo-Oriental Composer, Egypt), David Kuckhermann (Percussionnist, Germany).
All led to musical compositions with a minimalistic vein, and, while getting closer to her roots, her voice came slowly free, revealing her origins in the Tunisian North West, El Kef, with its strong Amazigh influences. Badiaa sculpts her new world of sound, under the name Neysatu.
Neysatu claims herself from the lineage of musicians such as Björk, Oumou Sangaré , Um Kulthum, Kamilya Jubran and Saliha. Born within the Tunisian underground scene where it claims its hybrid cultural heritage, drawing inspiration from African music, classical Arabic music as well as the new British scene, Neysatu is a musical experience and a voice that neither wishes itself to be traditional nor polished folklore, nor an artificial fusion, but only an expression of authentic music.