Iman’s singing resembles those fragile miniatures in which the artist, in the intimacy of a minimal space, paints with tenacity and sweetness, revealing thousands of ideas and details and using delicate colors. Her voice strips the feelings as the symbolic colors of the five strings in the Zyriab oud (lute) used to do, meaning Anger (the yellow one), Blood (the red one), Soul (the blue one), Melancholy (the black one) and Serenity (the white one). The captivating and sensual power of her voice, the refinement of her vocal ornamentation or the strength of the poems she chooses with extreme care, invite us to a privileged moment of musicality, coexistence and tolerance, of wisdom and respect for the difference. Iman Kandoussi performs her music as if it were a passionate song to humanity.
Born in Tetouan (Morocco) in 1984, she belongs to a family deeply connected to both the Moroccan popular tradition and the intellectual and artistic media. She began her Arabic- Andalusian singing and Arabic lute (Ud) studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Tetouan when she was 10. Then she studied interpretation techniques with maestros Amin al Akrami and Hicham Zouibairi. In spite of her young age, she has been developing a research job in Arabic-Andalusian and Oriental chant, specializing in the ancient style “Moaxajas” and inspired by elite singer Omu Kalthum classical Arabic chants and by the Nubas of Andalusian music repertoire. She has also deepen the classical Syria chant, as a soloist, with a choir and at the music school “Le monde musical”. Therefore, it can be said that Iman not only has one of the most fascinating voices of the Mediterranean music scene, but she is also one of the best prepared and trained singers for several repertoires of Mediterranean contemporary music. In recent years, she has participated in Tetouan International Festival and in the musical contest Nuyúm wa nuyúm (Stars and stars). In 2003 she performed under the direction of Mehdi Chaachoo with the City of Tetouan Andalusian Orchestra. Iman has also participated in the flamenco singer Juan Peña “El Lebrijano” CD Puertas abiertas and in the Women of the World Series in Cadiz (Spain) at Santa Catalina castle, with the Estampie Ensemble.