Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star in Mauritania and one of its most adventurous young artists. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griots, she began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba. Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Noura mastered the ardine, a nine-string harp reserved only for women. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, her father and a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music, sparked her compositional instincts.
Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward with the exploratory sound of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly's emotive psych guitar lines and his mastery of the tidinit (aka. ngoni, xalam). After two albums, released locally in Mauritania - Tarabe (2006) and El Howl (2010) - and years of experimentation adapting Moorish music to various pop formations, Seymali's current band is a concise return to the roots with a collective ensemble of traditional instruments. Through international touring and collaborations with artists like Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, the band is actively exposing Mauritanian roots music to the world.