Born in Riyadh and raised between Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles, Tamtam is the Saudi singer that needs to be on your radar. She draws influence from her Saudi grandfathers-- one of whom is a doctor and a poet; the other, an historian and author--as well as from the world around her, and her music reflects the world in which she lives.
Tamtam's single "We've Got Wings" was used for Alf Khair's project 10KSA, a non profit organization founded by Princess Reema Bint Bandar, which focused on Breast cancer awareness. The song played as thousands of women gathered and formed a human ribbon for breast cancer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, breaking the Guinness world record.
Tomorrow, her newest single, "Identify Myself," will be released. Get to know the singer right here.
Who is Tamtam? Tell us about your Saudi background and what it was like moving to LA as a teen?
I grew up in Riyadh; I went to an all girls Saudi school and I discovered my love for singing when I was eleven years old. Growing up in Saudi, and having it as my home was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better childhood.
I went to school abroad when I was 13 years old because my parents wanted me to see the world from another perspective. It was extremely difficult at first because I was in a completely different environment surrounded by people from different countries and cultures, but getting out of my comfort zone and meeting people with alternate ideas about life taught me so much. I learned about my friends' countries and beliefs and I also taught them about mine. I discovered that life is not about convincing people to see the world through your eyes, it is about showing them the world through your eyes and seeing it through theirs as well.
What ties do you still have to your birth place?
I go back every year to visit family and friends. I try to go back every Ramadan, at least the last 10 days. It is still the place that I call home.
How do you think your music will unite cultures across the globe?
I think my music will unite cultures across the globe because music is a language everyone can speak and feel. And right now my music is about bridging every gap in the world, it's about seeing each other as equals, and questioning our thoughts, and our actions, so that we learn more about ourselves, and in turn we learn about other people. Through that knowledge we can respect each other, and love one another.
Whats next for you?
I'm releasing my EP with my single "Identify Myself." They share the same name. I'm working on an album right now! And I'm excited for people to hear what's to come, and I can't wait to do more live shows once the music is ready!