Amina Annabi is a French-Tunisian singer-songwriter and actress, most famous for finishing second in the tie in Eurovision Song Contest 1991, held in Rome. Amina finished second after a countback, scoring equal 146 points alongside Carola from Sweden. Had the current voting system been in place, she would've won.

Early Life

Amina was born into a family of musicians. Her father is Tunisian and her mother is French. Her grandmother was a musician and one of her uncles was involved in the in setting up the Tabarka Festival in Tunisia also. It was at the Tabarka music festival that Amina would get to meet the young Senegalese star Wasis Diop, who helped her compose her Eurovision song. They became friends and they had the opportunity to work together some years later. In 1975, Amina and her mother, a talented musician and composer, moved together to Paris. 

Three years later Amina formed her own group, after showing her talent in singing and dancing a variety of music styles, from soul to traditional aigypt songs. The group made appearances in many local schools but it was in 1982 when Amina started to build her solo career. By that time she got involved with Radio Nova, Paris' leading radio station in world music. One of the producers of the station was Martin Meissonnier. He started to work with Amina and soon they became a couple, and their daughter was born in 1986. In 1983 she won a music contest with a rap song, "Shehérazade", influenced by Arab rhythms. It was released as a CD single. Amina began performing in Paris around this time.


In 1991, Amina won Le prix Piaf as Best Female Singer of the Year, then she went on to get involved in Peter Gabriel's peace project during the Gulf War.

Joining a host of international stars in the studio, Amina took part in the recording of an EP which featured a new version of Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance". The same year she participated in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Rome with one song of her own, entitled Le Dernier qui a parlé... . She tied with the Swedish participant for the first place but due to EBU's rules on a tie, the French entry ranked 2nd and the award went to Sweden.

She read the French jury's votes during the final of Melodifestivalen 2010.

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