Hind Laroussi

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Hind
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Background information
Birth name Hind Laroussi Tahiri
Born (1984-12-03) 3 December 1984 (age 29)
Origin Gouda, Netherlands
Genres Founder of Cross-pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels B-Hind
Website www.hind.nl

Hind Laroussi Tahiri (born December 3, 1984), known professionally as Hind, is a Dutch singer.

Biography[edit]

Hind Laroussi Tahiri was born on December 3, 1984 in Gouda, Netherlands. She has a Moroccan father and a Dutch mother.[1]

When Hind was eight years she sang and acted in public for the first time. Shortly thereafter she started taking singing lessons. At her high school she performed in numerous music shows. Her talent did not go unnoticed; she received an invitation to sing during the TMF dancemasters party of the year in Germany. All this resulted in a role in Tracks, a contemporary theatre group. Singing, dancing and cabaret lessons followed. At national level Hind came to the fore when she participated in the Soundmixshow 2002, and took part in the finals, where she imitated Vanessa Williams. Hind also took part in the first edition of the talent show Idols in 2003, finishing in third place. She also performed with the Arab Orchestra of Nazareth[2] from Israel.

Hind, who sings R&B, pop and fado, is not afraid of experimenting with different musical styles in different languages such as Arabic and Portuguese. One of her ambitions is to star in a major role in a musical. While her Idols colleagues Jim Bakkum and Jamai Loman stormed the charts with their singles, Hind kept quiet, preparing her debut album Around the World. The first single, Summer All Over Again was released in September 2003 and became a success. The subsequent singles Weak and Sure As were not as successful. In 2004 the singer received an Edison for her debut album and on October 25 of the same year she sang the song A Felicidade at a concert by Danny Malando in Tuschinski. In September 2005, her second album came out, Halfway Home. The first single Give Me A Sign was a moderate success, but the singles that followed (Halfway Home and Habaytek Besaif) weren't as successful. Recently it was announced that Hind's deal with record label SONY & BMG had ceased, apparently due to poor sales. Hind has, however, found a new record label to accommodate her music: PIAS

Musical career[edit]

Hind participated in the first edition of the Dutch Idols in the season 2002–2003, where she reached the finals, finishing in third place.[1]

Her debut album Around The World (2003) contains pop and R&B songs, but is also influenced by Portuguese and Arabic music.[1] The album sold over 40,000 copies.[3] In 2004, she received an Edison award for Best New Dutch Artist. In 2005, Hind released her second album Halfway Home, which she herself called "Arabpop" due to the Arabic influences in several of the songs. The single "Habbaytek Besaif" (2006) is a Fairuz cover.[1]

Hind performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

Hind represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Serbia with the song "Your Heart Belongs to Me".[3] However, she failed to make it past the semi-final stage.

On November 23, 2009 Hind started to raise € 40.000 for her next CD on Sellaband. The believers funded the sum in just 11 days.[4] On December 8, 2009 the second phase started, collecting € 24.000 for promotion. This target war reached on January 11th, 2011. Finally it was announced, Hind will collect an additional € 30.000 to produce three videos. The third phase never started. Hind announced her new album Crosspop on October 4, 2010 in "De Melkweg" in Amsterdam.

On Saturday October 16 (2010) the new album breaking at #8 at the Dutch album top 100. Great success for Hind and a new personal record for her. The highest score so far with one of her albums. Her debut album entered the charts at #9 after all of the exposure of Idols. Hind Crosspop was produced by the legendary Steve Power. Together with her boyfriend and manager Eddie Tjon Fo she released the album as an independent label. Lots of good critics and even the direct attention of the German Livedome.de group that took the exclusieve rights to broadcast the CD release party from the Melkweg (Amsterdam) with around 900 people present. Livedome broadcast the show live on the 13th of October as a live stream through 36 portals. Creating huge exposure and lots of great compliment for Hind as a singer as well as for her new very interesting music style Crosspop.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album Peak positions
Dutch Top 40 Dutch Top 100
2003 "Summer All Over Again" Around The World 11 7
2004 "Weak" 31 22
"Sure As" - 35
2005 "Give Me A Sign" Halfway Home 29 15
"Halfway Home" - 75
2006 "Habaytek Besaif" - -
2008 "Your Heart Belongs to Me" Eurovision Song Contest 2008 27 16
2009 "Morgen" SpangaS op Survival Soundtrack - 17
2011 "Wereldwijd orkest" - 1
2013 "Make it Count" - -

Albums[edit]

  • Around The World (2003)
  • Halfway Home (2005)
  • Crosspop (2010)

Miscellaneous[edit]

August 29, 2009 Hind performed for the satirical program "Let's Dance" on Dutch network RTL4 where she had her own nipple-gate. During her dance the dress she wore dropped and revealed her left breast. Hind was aware of the happening but hoped no-one saw it. When she looked back at the footage she was shocked as she never intended to pose nude she stated to the Telegraaf newspaper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hind biografie. Retrieved on 2007-11-26. (Dutch)
  2. ^ "Concert for Freedom in De Flint". DeStadAmersfoort.nl (in Dutch) (Koninklijke BDU Uitgevers). 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2009-12-17. "Het thema vrijheid is Hind op het lijf geschreven. Als dochter van een Marokkaanse vader en Nederlandse moeder is ze erg begaan met de wereld om haar heen en laat dat niet alleen bij woorden. Ze zette haar bekendheid in voor bijvoorbeeld Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland en ze heeft opgetreden met het Arab Orchestra of Nazareth om aandacht te vragen voor de problemen in de bezette gebieden." 
  3. ^ a b Hindstory. Retrieved on 2007-11-26. (Dutch)
  4. ^ Sellaband making Hind the fastest funded artist in the world via crowdfunding and also for the highest amount. Retrieved on 2009-12-13.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Edsilia Rombley
with "On Top of the World"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
De Toppers
with "Shine"