If the impossible is possible, then so is peace.

The enigmatic voice of Israeli singer Noa echoes around the world, spreading a call for peace between peoples. Portrait of a great lady.

Published on 01/05/2019

2 min

Achinoam Nini, known under the name Noa, was born in Israel on June 23rd, 1969. Of Yemeni origin, she grew up in the United States and now lives in Israel.

A singer and also a percussionist, she captivates crowds with her angelic voice and magnetic presence. This talent has attracted the attention of the world's greatest musicians, earning her the chance to sing duets with artists such as Sting, Quincy Jones and even Pat Metheny.

A messenger of peace, she has sung at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, but also on the occasion of a rally for peace at the scene of Yitzhak Rabin's murder. She is also an ambassador for the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the recipient of an Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

With Gil Dor, her long-time collaborator, she has released more than 15 albums which have sold millions worldwide. Her first album, Achinoam Nini and Gil Dor, was released in 1993. This was followed by, among others, Noa (1994), Calling (1996), Achinoam Nini (1997), Blue Touches Blue (2000), Genes & Jeans (2008), and Love Medicine (2014) along with numerous live recordings.

Noa has also lent her voice to the original soundtracks of several films. She performed "Beautiful that way", the theme of Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni and “My Heart Calling”, written in collaboration with Éric Serra, for Jeanne d'Arc by Luc Besson.

Also a percussionist, Noa regularly plays congas drums on her albums and in concert.

Noa has performed on many renowned international stages, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Olympia in Paris and the Coliseum in Rome. A polyglot, she has recorded songs in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and Yemeni.

In 2009, Noa represented Israel in the Eurovision contest, with the song "There Must Be Another Way", a duet with Mira Awad.

Noa conquered French hearts when she voiced Esmeralda on the original soundtrack of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante in 1997, and also thanks to her several songs in French, such as “Babel” and “Si je m'abandonne à toi”.

  • 1991


    Noa's first album is released, Achinoam Nini Gil Dor Live.

  • 1994


    Noa, her first album distributed internationally, is released.

  • 1998


    On Achinoam Nini & the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Noa sings her own songs alongside classics like "My Funny Valentine".

  • 1999


    Noa sings "My Heart Calling", written with Éric Serra, for Jeanne d'Arc by Luc Besson.

  • 2009


    She releases a new single, Les Femmes: Noa sings duets with Amine, in Arabic and Hebrew.

The Institut français and the artist

Noa was in concert on 22nd November 2018 at La Seine Musicale as part of the 2018 France-Israel Season.


The 2018 France-Israel Season (June-November 2018) was organised and implemented by the Institut français, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, and the embassies of both countries. 


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