Kayna Samet is a French hip-hop and R&B singer who was born in Nice on September 27, 1980.
Her parents divorced when she was a child. Kayna developed an interest in music while listening to her grandfather’s funk records, as well as traditional French vocalists such as Jacques Brel, Édith Piaf, and Léo Ferré.
Malika discovered her love of music when she joined her school chorus at the age of ten. She decided to immerse herself in the musical field at the age of 15, first as a vocalist, then as a rapper, by joining local rap groups.
Kayna models for her first manager, Nabila Jaadi, and supported herself by working odd jobs and performing as an opening act.
Kayna released her first demo, “Le Parcours d’une Goutte d’Eau,” in 1999. Her manager and she had great expectations, so she sent the tape to a number of major labels. Doors began to open for her after that.
She sang the song “Jeune Fille d’en Bas” on the soundtrack of the film La Squale in 2000. Cut Killer and DJ Abdel produced the song, which they remixed for an international R&B compilation called Vas-y Pars.
Malika selected the name Kayna Samet as a tribute to Kahina, the renowned Berber leader, as well as her maternal grandmother. She soon meets singer Matt Houston, who offers her a role on his second album’s duet “Le Prix à paying.” He also invites Kayna to join him on tour, giving her the opportunity to meet Diam for the first time.
Kayna Samet released her first solo single, Blazée D’la Life, in July 2002. After hearing the song, Booba invited her to perform the hook on his album Temps Mort’s single “Destinée.”
She worked with IAM on the song “Nous” from their album Revoir un Printemps in 2003. She also collaborated with Rohff on the song “Pétrole,” which appears on his album La Fierté des Nôtres. Kayna eventually signed with the label Voix Publik and began creating her first album, collaborating with a variety of artists along the way.
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