Miss Fatima Genise Durand Altieri, or FATIMA, as she introduces herself, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on September 20th, 1993. She’s known since childhood she was going to be a fashion or music star and started singing at 6 years old.
Since starting her music career, Fatima’s passion for music outgrew the one for fashion and collaborated with numerous musical artist such as Eric Virgal, Fabrice Rouzier, Keke Belizaire, Izolan, Baky, Wendy, O-Gun, Cruz La while having a few hit songs of her own like her international Kreyol hit single “W Abandone M”, translating to You Abandoned Me, which came out in 2015.
FATIMA is doing what she can to be one, if not the most renown Haitian songstress of the 21st century.
Aside from her music Fatima still model, and hosts her own TV show, Culture Lakay, nicknamed the Fatima Show, on Télé Éclair, and gets to present in her own words what she feels is interesting about her Haitian Culture. There is no doubt that Miss Altieri will continue to strive for greatness
I sat with Fatima for a little chat:
HB: I saw you perform during the Labor Day Weekend in New York, was that your very first performance in New York?
FA: Yes It was my first performing in New York, and it was a great experience.
HB: What got you involved into music in the first place?
FA: I first started singing at church when I was a little girl. I was always the soloist in the choire in front of the stage, that motivated me at a young age to pursue my talent.
HB: Have you been to the States before?
FA: Yes I've been to the States before, mostly for vacation and I also performed in Miami last Winter.
HB: Walk us through what it’s like to be Fatima right now, being a young female Haitian artist living in Haiti?
FA: Being a young female artist living in Haiti is a very big challenge. Every day is a fight to achieve your goal. Our industry is very hard, especially for women..As you know we can count on our fingers how many females artists we have. They mostly get discouraged, which I can totally understand, sometimes I want to give up too, but I do have a dream and will work hard to make it come true.
HB: What is the music scene like in Haiti?
FA: The music scene in Haiti had made a lot of progress. I can tell, we're still late though ... but we're not where we need to be.
HB: How would you describe your music to a stranger?
FA: My music is very poetic and soulful…it has no limit
HB: Do you write your own music?
FA: Yes, I wrote my own lyrics to my songs, songs like “W’abandone’m”, “Femme”, “Destine”, I worte them all.
HB: What other talents do you have beside music?
FA: Beside singing,, I write stories, I do some modeling, I paint sometimes and I also do some acting.
HB: Wow, very impressive. Do people compare you to any other female artists?
FA: I don't know if people compare me to other artists, but they sometimes compare my music to other music like "Femme" they say it's like an Emeline Michel Song
HB: Do you come from a musical family?
FA: Yes, my grand mother used to sing, my dad played some instruments (not sure), my great grand uncle Dorival Altieri was one of the pioneer of troubadour’s tendency in Haiti. You may know some of his songs “Tica”, and my little brother sings as well.
HB: I’m glad I asked that question, did not know that Dorival Altiery was your uncle. How much talent do you have?
FA: I don't know how much talent I have but I do know that if I have a good platform and a very good team I can do big things.
HB: How do you feel about the internet in the music business?
FA: The Internet can be very beneficial in the music business, it is a very huge platform for artists. They just have to know how to use it to their advantage.
HB: Who are your musical icons/influences?
FA: It’s a mixed bag, it’s a lot, but what comes to mind is, Michael Jackson, Ginette Reno, Yanick Etienne, Sia, Jessie J, Whitney Houston and many others…
HB: My topical day I'll wake up very late lol , I'll take a long shower
FA: I'll stay in bed eating healthy snacks and read a good book. Or I'll just wake up early and go to work and do the routine.
HB: Favorite food?
FA: My favorite food is “fritay” lol but I'm a foodie so I love everything that taste good in my mouth
HB: Favorite drink?
FA: My favorite drink is water lol, I love Jp Chenet ice edition champagne
Moet and some good wine
HB: One thing you can’t leave home without?
FA: I can't leave home without my phone lol
HB: A bad hobby?
FA: One of my bad habit is actually spending too much time on my phone or my laptop. It's kind they call me antisocial for that
HB: One thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
FA: One thing that people would be surprise to know about me is that I like to get close to people so I can smell them. it's scary I know...but I love to smell people lol
HB: Talk to us about your new music video?
FA: My mew music video was a great experience with Lux Media. ,I had the privilege to work with Abdias Laguerre as director. “Destine” is a success in my eyes cause I challenge myself, I act, I push the limits, I'm pretty much satisfied.
HB: How do you prepare for a studio session?
FA: For a studio session I sleep for 8 hours I drink some tea in the morning and eat a good meal ,and I'm ready to spend the day in the booth.
HB: What are your plans for the future?
FA: I have a lot of plans, one of the them is going back to the studio, because I got some Good inspirations going right now.