Hindi Zahra

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Hindi Zahra
Hindi-Zahra 2010.jpg
Zahra at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
Background information
Also known as Zahra Hindi
Born 1979
Origin Khouribga, Morocco
Genres Berber music, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Folk, Blues, World music
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2009–present
Website www.hindi-zahra.com

Hindi Zahra (born 1979 in Khouribga, Morocco) is a Franco-Moroccan singer[1] and actress. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name.[2] Her songs are mostly in English but some lyrics as in the song Imik Si Mik are in the Berber language.

Influenced by singers like Cheikha Rimitti,[3] Hindi Zahra has drawn comparisons with Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Manu Chao, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Norah Jones.

Career[edit]

Zahra grew up with her Moroccan mother, a dancer and actress, in Khouribga, Morocco. She left school at age 15 and moved to Paris to her father, a former army member. At age 18 she worked at the Louvre.[4] Besides that she wrote her first lyrics and melodies. Hindi Zahra is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. By 2005 she had written about 50 songs of which Beautiful Tango, Oursoul, Try, and Stand Up were first released on the EP Hindi Zahra in 2009 and eleven songs were recorded on Hindi Zahra's first album which was released in January 2010 at the Jazz label Blue Note Records. The video to the opening song Beautiful Tango was made by French director Tony Gatlif.[5] The song Stand Up was chosen for a commercial campaign by Western Union. In June 2010 she collaborated with French musician Blundetto on his debut album Bad Bad Things. In November 2010, Hindi Zahra won the Prix Constantin for Best Album.[6] In February 2011, she won the Victoires de la Musique award for the best World music album.[7]

In 2014 she had roles in the films The Narrow Frame of Midnight by Tala Hadid and in The Cut by Fatih Akin.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2010: Handmade #17 France, #58 Austria, #22 Belgium (Flanders), #35 Belgium (Wallonia), #29 Sweden
  • 2011: Handmade Deluxe Edition (with previously unreleased songs)

EPs[edit]

  • 2009: Hindi Zahra (EP)
  • 2011: Until the Next Journey (EP)

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: "Beautiful Tango" #9 Belgium (Wallonia) #85 Germany
  • 2010: "Stand Up"
  • 2010: "Imik Si Mik"
  • 2011: "Fascination"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hindi Zahra - Music for the Soul". EFI-News.com. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hindi Zahra: If music be a tree". Thedailynewsegypt.com. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hindi Zahra biography". Hindi-zahra.com. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hindi Zahra biography". Hindi-zahra.com. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hindi Zahra, une voix nomade entre Orient et Occident". Leparisien.fr. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Par PHILIPPE BROCHEN. "Hindi Zahra, prix Constantin 2010". Next.liberation.fr. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Les Victoires de la musique de 2011 (The 2011 Music’s Victories)". Transparent.com. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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