Ahlem. Photo: by Dale Langden.

Ahlem was born in Tunis, Tunisia and began singing at age 13. She studied at the music conservatory of Tunis and then went on to perform at local parties and weddings, at national and international festivals such as the Libya?s Eid celebration, and appeared on television. Before immigrating to the United States in 1998, Ahlem sang throughout Europe and the Middle East. She progressively made her way to the East coast via Los Angeles and then Texas, to settle in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in 2004. Ahlem is one of the few women vocalists to perform a wide repertoire of Middle Eastern and North African classics and pop songs at metro area Arab music venues, such as Layaly (Manhattan) and Shish (NJ), and celebrations up and down the east coast.