Artist and singer Natalie Wamba Berry grew up between three countries, three languages, and two religions. Moving around the world throughout her childhood she appropriately grew up to be a genuine world music artist, creating a link between different worlds.
Natalie was born in Congo-Brazzaville, her father a Protestant Christian Congolese diplomat and a Jewish-Israeli mother.
When she was 7 years old, at the beginning of the 80s, as local political issues escalated pausing a threat to her father’s safety, the family moved to seek asylum in France for four years.
When Natalie was 11 years old they immigrated to Israel where she lives today.
Her diplomat father, a man of the world, kept an extensive record collection and had a great influence on Natalie’s musical education. The house was full of sounds: Congolese traditional music, Western classical music, Christian church gospel choirs, blues and jazz, funky music as well as Tantric meditation Indian music.
Her desire to sing and write songs has sparked when listening to Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, as well as a profound influence from Nat King Cole.
Indeed, she has always been singing. Since her childhood through school ceremonies, to the youth movement amateur productions, the IDF Air Force band, and years of performances in events, concerts and festivals around the world.
In her new original project "Human nature groove" She sings in three languages – French, , English and delicate part in Lingala, her father language from congo– and incorporates a variety of styles from around the globe with aromas from African and the European culture, blues, jazz, reggae, funk, and soul music. The songs that she had written and composed are introduced in her forthcoming album and in a show featuring the unique band she had formed. A world of music is created with a wide range of sounds and instruments complemented by the arrangements that move freely between East and West – Ngoni, the African harp, and balafon, the African xylophone, are joined by the Greek lyre and various percussion instruments.
With a liberal and people loving worldview, Wamba Berry observes her surroundings, accepting the difference and uniqueness of each ethnic origin, religion and color, while always connected to earth, joy, and rhythm. At the winter Red Sea Jazz Festival she will add to her repertoire some original blues and jazz classics with fresh arrangements. Featuring a natural embedded sound this is an authentic performance combining African Groove and mesmerizing ballads with a unique voice and continuous dance movements.
Natalie Wamba Berry- Vocals
Udi Ben Knaan- Guitars, Greek Lyre
Gilad Dobrecky- Percussion, Drums
Rani Lorentz Bass- Guitar, Double bass
Yoni Ohana- Ngoni, African Balafon
Moti Davidashvilli- Piano, Keyboards
Sangit segal- musical arrangement