Rajae means “Stronger than Hope, Less than Will” in Arabic & “King” in Indian. El Mouhandiz means “The Engineer” in Arabic.
Both Rajae’s personality and her artistic path meet in the center of three foundations: adventure, discipline and faith. At the age of four this young, Muslim woman was found by the love we call music and they’ve been blossoming ever since. Four years after she twirled her first pirouette, her taste in classical music encouraged her to play the French horn and blow the soundtrack to her chronicles.
At the age of 16 she was the first North African to be admitted into the Dutch Conservatory and, with founding Truthseeker Records at the age of 25, the first Muslim woman to start her own record label. Rajae's art comes alive, as a testament to a changing world yet remains steeped in the tonal colors of her North African heritage. She honors her Arabic musical identity by reinventing and blending her lyrics and melodies with music from the west. With her album Incarnation (2006) she made her first step towards her spot in a new Maghreb genre. Her second opus, Hand Of Fatima (2009), consumes the connectivity she made while travelling to record her first album. “If you are far”, one of the songs on the album, was written together with jazz icon Richard Bona, who has been one of Rajae’s mentors and supporters when she had just started to focus on singing and songwriting. The rest of the album was recorded in 2008/2009 and came about with producers who worked with icons such as Barbara Streisand, Aaliyah, Ziggy Marley and 2Pac.
In November 2012, for the fourth year in a row, she was the only female contemporary singer to appear on the Arts and Culture section list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. On this list, published by an institute in Amman, Jordan and Washington, she’s in the company of artists like Yusuf Islam, Maher Zain, Sharukh Khan, Mos Def, Youssou N'Dour, Salif Keita & Dave Chapelle. Rajae's third album is in the making. Her genre is a crossover of pop, jazz, folk and soul with a soupçon of her North African Roots.
In September 2012 Rajae wrote and filmed her first short doc film titled: ¡HOPE! The film speaks about the transformation of emotions & identity, but also about the acceptance of Muslim women in the music industry and performing arts and reactions to their public presence in the world. After finishing the film recordings, Rajae spent one month in Texas and Hollywood, where she recorded a new single and music video titled 'Gracefully'. The single, video and short doc film will be released on March 8th, on international women's day. On that day they will be premiered in a groundbreaking international group exhibition titled 'MUSLIMA'. This exhibition is a collaboration between 4 museums in the world: Women's Museum in Århus, Denmark; Ayala Museum in Makati City in the Philippines; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah in The United Arabic Emirates; and IMOW/ International Museum Of Women in San Francisco, USA. The MUSLIMA exhibition will showcase the work of 60 Muslim female artists and thinkers, with a diversity of backgrounds and opinions. Rajae is the only participant from The Netherlands. Rajae’s third album will be released later in 2013 and she is developing her second short film, to be recorded next year in Morocco.