I’m inspired by traditional Burkinabe music and a bit of modern music, it’s a bit of a mixture of both.

Nabalüm is a young Burkinabe Afro-Soul singer-songwriter with a smooth, delicate and enchanting voice. Her song "M'yamê" has been very successful in many countries.

Updated on 05/06/2019

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Nabalüm grew up in Abidjan, where she began singing as a child, imitating the voices she heard on the radio and inventing her own tunes.

Completely self-taught, she learned by playing in live-music bars in the Cote D’Ivoire capital. Her deep, velvety, and emotionally generous voice quickly got her noticed, beginning at the age of 19, through local singing competitions.

Nabalüm draws inspiration from the greatest African artists – Ismaël Lô from Senegal, Fatoumata Diawara from Mali or Lokua Kanza from Congo – and singers from the international pop scene, such as Adele or Bruno Mars.

Nabalüm released her first EP, which bears her name, in 2016. Under the label La cour du Naaba label, created by her mentor, the Burkinabe singer Alif Naba, this EP included the songs "M'yamê", "Wili", "Pag Nitam", as well as an acoustic version of "Wili" and an instrumental version of "M'yamê".

Very attached to her roots, the performer writes songs that describe the life of African youth, discuss the condition of women in Africa or social realities on the Continent.

Nabalüm also draws inspiration from her experience and personal experiences. She defines her musical style as Afro-soul in Burkinabe colours.

In 2018, she is working on her first album, entitled Saké.

Nabalüm is an international artist: “I dream of playing wherever music can take me, whether that be Paris, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Rwanda, all over the world, because I want to see the world, I want to be a citizen of the world, I want to fly,” she said in October 2017 in an interview on Onlyfrenchtv.

She enchants that international audience by singing in several languages: Mooré, her mother tongue, Malinké, French and sometimes English. Despite all this, her preferred language remains Mooré, for the depth she feels it brings to her texts.

In 2017, Nabalüm received the Kundé award for best debut at the Kundés d'or ceremony in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

M'yamê - Nabalüm
M'yamê - Nabalüm
  • 2016


    Nabalüm releases her first EP.

  • 2016


    The singer is selected for the Visas pour la création programme, which allows her to spend a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

  • 2016


    Nabalüm performs in concert in Paris, at the Bellevilloise, for the Africa Break Festival and at the Auditorium de la cité des arts.

  • 2017


    The artist receives the Kundé for best debut in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The Institut français and the artist

Nabalüm was a beneficiary of the Institut français Visas for Creation Programme in 2016.


This programme supports research or creation projects by African and Caribbean artists. 


L'institut français, LAB