#WaraElMazzika: Indie Singer Nour Khan Talks About Her Beginnings, Inspirations, and the Anime Community!
In this edition of #WaraElMazzika, we talked to one of the most promising indie artists in the region, singer and songwriter, Nour Khan! Her fans fell in love with her beautiful, dreamy voice ever since she started posting covers on SoundCloud, and became more solid after she started producing originals.
Nour Khan had a passion for singing ever since she was 8 years old, and she started developing her singing techniques all by her self in 2010. During the last decade, she had several milestones, including participating in the “Sing Egyptian Women” competition, producing her hit songs “Ghorabaa” and “Layt Li” with Abdallah Mohamed, she started studying Opera and singing in the Cairo Opera House, and finally, forming her Arabic Rock Band called Qafiya.
How did you get into singing?
I’ve always loved singing since I was a kid but my music teacher discovered my talent when I was 8 years old and she she made me participate in school concerts and I remember her telling me: “You’re gonna be a big artist one day, don’t stop playing music”. After that when I became in high school, I started learning singing all by myself through YouTube videos and a couple of years later in college I participated in a lot of open mic events and a lot of people encouraged me to start making my original songs and I did that in 2013.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Michael Jackson has always inspired me while I was growing up but now I’m inspired and overwhelmed by Steven Wilson because not only he’s an amazing artist but he’s an honest artist. His main rule of doing music is to make the music you believe in for yourself first before your fans.
How did the Anime community in Egypt influence your musical career?
The anime community in Egypt inspired me a lot to cover anime songs and I’m really thankful that I got into that beautiful community because I was really scared in the beginning that no one would listen to a Japanese cover here in Egypt you know?
What are you working on right now?
These days I’m writing new lyrics and hopefully something good comes out of it.
What are your future plans?
My plans for the future are very simple, to make good music and to attend metal concerts abroad. To be honest these were my plans for 2020 but thanks to Corona, they became future plans.