Miami - Rhita Bennani is a Moroccan singer, songwriter, and guitar player. Born on July 18, 1994, in the historically rich city of Fez, Morocco, Rhita left Fez when she was a child and moved to the Kingdom’s capital, Rabat, where she currently lives. Her family - her mother and grandparents - live in Fez.
Miami – Rhita Bennani is a Moroccan singer, songwriter, and guitar player. Born on July 18, 1994, in the historically rich city of Fez, Morocco, Rhita left Fez when she was a child and moved to the Kingdom’s capital, Rabat, where she currently lives. Her family – her mother and grandparents – live in Fez.
The 21-year-old singer is becoming a YouTube sensation with her soulful voice and diverse style, ranging from jazz and blues to rap. Her song covers are viewed by thousands through her YouTube channel.
Rhita has been singing since she was 8 years old, when she first discovered her musical talent. Inspired by a musical film in her childhood, the emerging star developed a passion for music. The first song she knew by heart was Hero by Mariah Carey.
A natural-born talent who has never taken formal voice lessons, Rhita is self-taught. She claims YouTube videos have helped her greatly. In an interview with Morocco World News, she said, “Apart from going to school, I was all the time stuck to my computer’s screen, listening to music and watching movies. My family was always asking me to go out with them or with my cousins, but I wasn’t interested.”
Rhita describes her music style as a combination of reggae, blues, jazz, soul, and R&B. She sings in English, a language she speaks fluently. Rhita also speaks Arabic, French, and some German.
The Fez-native was born with music in her heart. “Music is my life, not a part of it,” she told MWN.
When she was a little girl, she used to hear her uncle sing Andalusian tunes that he composed himself. Bennani is also writing 2 original songs, which she will release soon.
Her musical inspirations are Bob Marley, Robert Plant, Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, Selah Sue, Sarah Vaughan, Anne-Marie, and the late Amy Winehouse. About Winehouse, Rhita said, “She’s Queen, she’s my everything, my inspiration, my muse. So sad that she had to leave us so soon!”
Rhita’s vocals bear a large resemblance to the English singer of “You Know I’m No Good”, a track Bennani has covered in her videos.
The young Moroccan has performed at the American School of Leadership, Mega Mall in Rabat, Cultural Center of Agdal-Rabat, and several universities.
“I’m ready to work day and night to improve and reach my dreams. I want to sing in front of some of my favorite artists….it might seem difficult now, but who knows what life is hiding,” said a hopeful Rhita.
“I would love to visit the US,” she added. Her YouTube cover videos are seen all over the world, and many of her fans are from America. Although she has never been there, her voice is reaching other continents and she would to meet her fans, about whom she expressed, “I love them, they’re sweethearts; they love me and support me all the time….they’re amazing!”
Rhita is also a full-time graduate student at the University of Rabat, where she seeks a Master’s in Didactics of French, currently in her last year.
When she is not studying or recording covers for her YouTube channel, Bennani loves dancing and reading books by Nikolai Vasilievish, Gogo, and Franz Kafka. “They are my favorites! I’m in love with all of their books,” she said.
Not only is the raven-haired singer a symbol of Moroccan female beauty, she holds true to her rich traditions and Moroccan culture. Rhita is a Muslim who loves Morocco and knows that wherever life takes her, she will carry her values and family’s pride with her.
Rhita plans to record a professional cover of a reggae song and continue to please her fans with renditions of her favorite covers every Saturday.
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