Natu Camara was born in Ivory Coast and grew up in Guinea. She formed the R&B/Hip-Hop ensemble, The Ideal Black Girls. with three friends and the group’s first album, Guinea Mou Monèra (“It’s Not a Shame to be a Woman”), went on to sell in the millions and garner international praise.
Fast forward several years, Natu traveled to the US to spend time with her husband, only to experience tragedy: not long after she arrived, he passed away from cancer, leaving her abruptly alone. During this period of mourning, she began playing a guitar she had received as a wedding gift and writing new material. One day, when an unusual bird came to her window, she took it as a sign that it was time to begin afresh. She quickly learned English, formed a new band, and started to sing and write in an entirely new mode, inspired by artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Mory Kanté, Fela Kuti, Baaba Maal, Tina Turner, and Nina Simone.
Now based in New York, Natu Camara sings in five languages and leads a multinational band. She is a committed activist, advocating for the empowerment and education of women and girls in West Africa. She divides her time between Conakry in Guinea and New York.