At the age of 16, she left her family and moved to
In 1985, she met a talented musician Nicolas Fiszman, who fell artistically in love with Khadja's music talent - “this princess from out of the blue” remarks Nicolas. Soon they began to write songs together. “Nicolas is the Nin of Khadja Nin.” declares Khadja Nin.
In 1991, seduced by this duet with a unique blend of African and European sounds, BMG signed them on the spot. There was no hype on World music at the time, so they contributed to its blossoming. Their eponymous debut album was “critically acclaimed,” as Khadja says and commercially, it was a relative success too, motivating her decision to dedicate herself exclusively to music from then on.
Her second album, Ya Pili was released in 1994. She performed live numerous times - “Something essential in one’s musical career. Being on stage is the only way to improve, take risks and directly thank your fans,” she says. It was also a good way to prove that she was a complete artist.
Real fame came in 1996. In an attempt to buy itself some cultural credibility and to make a break from previous fake projects, a reputed French TV channel TFI, selected Khadja Nin as its “summer act” with her third album Sambolera, (which consisted of broadcasting one of the artist’s videos several times a day during the summer). It could have been a risky choice for the channel, as well as for Khadja herself. “People often asked if I was not afraid of being swallowed up by TF1. The answer is - I’m not edible. This opportunity just helped me to reach a larger audience and to move faster. As I knew exactly where I stood, I did not fear anything for my own credibility.”
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