She was born in Livorno, a colorful, lively sea town that gave her  the ability to shield any contamination. She was always talented and attended  various singing  competition – like Bravo Bravissimo-  and performed on Italian National TV shows (Domenica In).

In the October of 2006 she was one of the contestants in  Amici ( Friends) hosted by Maria De Filippi. She ended up on third place  e won the critic award unanimously decided by the judges who considered her the most interesting voice of the italian musical scene. In the same year she signed her first contract and she recorded her first EP. Her powerful and significant voice paints the colors of jazz, soul with the shades of blues and even gospel.

Despite her young age Karima has a dynamic  and extended expertise.

In 2009 she participated  in the most popular Italian Music Contest ( Festival di Sanremo) and most  of all she started working with Burt Bacharach.  She is the only Italian singer for which Mr. Bacharach  ever wrote some songs and produced her first album ( KARIMA)  recorded in Los Angeles .

Still within the same year she was selected by Disney to take part in the recording of the soundtrack for the movie “the princess and the frog” ,  she was the opening act for Whitney Houston and Johnny Legend and she also participated to many Italian National TV shows among which “Tale e Quale” and “I migliori Anni” on the prime Italian Channel RAI 1.

With Umbria Jazz she represents her country in all the international music showcases and exhibitions. She is very well known in China where she toured for  two years in a row  with the project “ Close to You” being the first non-classical singer to perform in the prestigious Beijing National Grand Theater.

In 2017 she is Rachel, the main character of “Run to you” the musical version of the movie the bodyguard featuring Whitney Houston.

She cooperated with many famous musicians like Dado Moroni, Riccardo Fioravanti and Stefano Bagnoli but her most explosive cooperation is without a doubt with the famous Italian Street band FUNK OFF. On  her concerts the songs she performs are always reborn in the “Karima style” and they become unique and inimitable.


Aldo Mercurio

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