Nouran AbuTaleb in concert at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, January 2022. (Photo: Nouran AbuTaleb Facebook Page)
AbuTaleb promised her fans multiple music videos that will be released consecutively followed by concerts.
“After much preparation, I will release several new songs, with the first music video to see the light within a month,” AbuTaleb says in a short video posted on the singer’s Facebook page.
“I am very excited about these new songs, which are all close to my heart,” she added.
“A lot of people are asking why I don’t post new videos. I will do that now, and I missed you all a lot. I am with you,” the singer said, promising a series of concerts featuring the new songs that will be held throughout the summer.
A rising star of the alternative Arab music scene, AbuTaleb sings oriental ethno jazz and Arabic pop. The beautiful texture of her voice, which is soft and melodious, attracts a large audience to many of her live concerts.
“Born in the Manial district of Cairo, Nouran AbuTaleb grew up in a family of music lovers. Her father, Ossama AbuTaleb, is a professor of theatre and drama at the Institute of Cinema, while her mother, Nesrine Roushdi, is a soloist at the Cairo Opera House and teaches singing at the Cairo Conservatory,” wrote Névine Lameï in a 2020 interview with the singer.
“It was her who introduced the young Nouran to Arabic music and the many names, as well as to singers from other music genres, who contributed to her growth.”
In 2014, she joined the GUC Music Ensemble, where she met great Egyptian musicians with whom she subsequently collaborated, including Amr Salah, the founder of Eftikasat and the Cairo Jazz Festival; Bassem Darwish of Cairo Steps; Hany Bedair of Nagham Masri; and Rami Attalah, All of whom taught music at the GUC.
She soon joined Salah’s quartet, playing and reviving songs from the 1920s and 1930s.
In the summer of 2018, AbuTaleb decided to form her own band, performing songs by Fayrouz with jazzy arrangements by Samer George. With the latter, she also formed a highly successful duo.
In 2019, she collaborated with the Italian pianist Livio Minafra and the Austrian jazz band Birds Against Hurricanes, presenting covers of Fayrouz, Sayed Darwish, and Umm Kalthoum. She also took part in the Alexandrian Jazz Tales Festival and performed with the Dutch band Under the Surface.
In 2020, AbuTaleb appeared in Mohamed Mounir’s online concert, singing his 1981 hit Shababeek (Windows) twice, giving two different colours to the famous track.
Throughout her career, AbuTaleb performed in several concerts on various stages across Egypt, always attracting a large crowd of fans.