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Simona Abdallah is a Danish-Palestinian percussionist who was born in 1979 in St Wendel. Her family moved to Denmark when Simona was 6 years old. She spent her childhood in Gellerupparken near Aarhus (Denmark’s second largest city) where she was deprived of much privacy. Because of this, Simona needed an escape. This escape came in the form of a goblet-shaped instrument called the Darbuka. She began playing the instrument at the age of 15 years old even though the darbuka is traditionally only played my men. Because of this, her first performances were kept private. As her talent and skills developed, it became more difficult to keep her behind close doors. The period that followed was a difficult. Simona had to fight tradition and family expectations in order to follow her passion. At 23, she moved to Copenhagen against her family’s wishes and started playing private gigs under her own terms. As time went on, the demand for her to play at events grew. Eventually, Simona joined the “Missing Voices” (a group of arabic female musicians and artists). Her first solo release was in 2010 and was entitled “Reach Out” which included a single and a remix. A year later she released an album with Band Ane which was recorded live at SPOT music festival. Simona plays live very regularly and does not limit herself to genre as she collaborates with electronic, dance, indie, house, pop, world and classical musicians.
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