Amina Annabi was born in Carthage, Tunisia, on 1962 5 of march. Her parents (French father, Tunisian mother) they divorced while she was still in her early childhood, so Amina was brought up by her mother, a talented musician and composer. Amina was surrounded by music from young age. Indeed, growing up in Carthage, a veritable melting pot of different styles and cultures, the young girl soon developed an extremely eclectic approach. (Amina's musical tastes ranged from Tina Turner to the legendary Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum!) Amina's grandmother was also a talented musician and on Sundays the family would often get together at her house to sing a mix of traditional 'Malouf' and Italian variety hits.
Amina was also introduced to the international music scene in her early teens. One of her uncles had been involved in setting up the Tabarka Festival in Tunisia, so Amina got the chance to see a number of legendary music stars, going along to concerts by Joan Baez, James Brown and the famous Algerian diva Warda. It was at the Tabarka music festival that Amina would get to meet the young Senegalese star Wasis Diop - who, at the time, was going through his young "rocker" phase. The pair hit it off immediately and became close friends, going on to work together several years later.