Nai Barghouti is a Palestinian singer, composer and flute player.
She launched her professional singing career in 2011, at the age of 14, with Munyati, a full program of classical Arabic songs of the tarab genre.
Throughout her musical journey, she discovered a passion for composition and started expressing her feelings towards the oppression of her people in music. Four of her earliest flute solo compositions have become part of the flute curriculum at the International Institute of Iberian Music in Valencia, Spain.
She has performed in sold-out concerts in several countries, including Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, Belgium, and most recently at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nai also performed in Beirut, Lebanon, accompanied by the Lebanese oud virtuoso, "Charbel Rouhana". The Lebanese media called Nai the "Classical Diva," while art critics in Egypt compared her to the legendary "Um Kulthoum".
One of Nai’s significant musical achievements was performing at the United Nations headquarters in New York in November 2013 at the commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Commenting on that performance, the renowned British musician, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), wrote of her: ..."So charming, so beautiful, so self assured, soooooo musical."
In 2017, Nai led an accompanying band of musicians on her first independent five city tour in the UK, where she presented both original material and arrangements of classic Arabic repertoire with an Arabic-Jazz sound. She ended the tour with a concert at the London Union Chapel, one of the best Jazz venues in the UK.
In 2018, Nai was given the role of “Layla,” a leading role in "Orfeo & Majnun", an opera that combines the “Orpheus and Eurydice” love story with “Majnun Layla”, the most famous love story of the Arabic world.
Nai graduated in May 2019 from the Conservatory of Amsterdam with the highest distinction . She had explored the relationship between Classical arabic music and jazz. She has recently been accepted to the highly selective European Jazz Masters program (EUJAM), a postgraduate programme for young elite jazz performers and composers.
In November 2019, Nai presented two consecutive concerts in the Amsterdam famous Concertgebouw , followed by a concert in Casablanca, Morocco. She had the honour to perform in the Dutch Royal Palace, before Their Majesties the King Willem Alexander and the Queen Maxima Zorreguieta. In 2020 Nai performed in Amman, Jordan and was granted the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talents Award.