Zaho

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Zaho
Birth name Zehira Darabid
Born (1980-05-10) May 10, 1980 (age 34)
Bab Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria
Genres R&B
Occupations Singer
Years active 2005 – present
Labels Sony BMG, Epic
Website www.baraem-games.com

Zehira Darabid (born on May 10, 1980), known by her artistic name Zaho, is an Algerian R&B singer.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Zehira Darabid was born on May 10, 1980 in Bab Ezzouar in the suburbs of Algiers. She spent her childhood in Algiers until at 18 years old, her family moved to Montréal, Canada. Her father is an executive and her mother a mathematics professor at l'Institut national d'informatique of Algiers. She has a brother and sister[citation needed].

Career[edit]

Zaho learned the guitar when she was seven years old, and very quickly learned the répertoire of Francis Cabrel within 10 years. In 1999, when she emigrated to Montreal, she discovered the world of professional music with its producers and its studios. She was seen with notable names in the French industry such as Idir, Tunisiano and Soprano.

In 2008, she released her debut album titled Dima, meaning Always in Algerian Arabic.

Zaho also has a strong writing background, writing the song "Tout ce temps" for Idir. Upon hearing the song, Idir insisted that she sing the alongside with him.

In 2008, Zaho represented Algeria in the 2008 MTV EMA's and won the Best African Artist award.She is well known in Algeria, France and Canada (Québec).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
BEL
(Wa)

FRA
[3]
SWI
2008 Dima 36 11
2012 Contagieuse 65 47 92 FR: Gold[4]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Zaho: La Mixtape (2007)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certifications Album
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratop

[5]
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratip*

[5]
FRA
[3]
SWI
2006 "Hey Papi"
(feat. Soprano)
Dima
2008 "C'est chelou" 14 2
"La roue tourne"
(feat. Tunisiano)
4 15
"Kif'n´Dir" 33
"Je te promets" 18 74
2012 "Boloss" 5 63 Contagieuse
2013 "Tourner la page" 9 19 62

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

featured in (charting)
Year Single Peak positions Certifications Album
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratop

[5]
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratip*

[5]
FRA
[3]
2007 "Lune de miel"
(Don Choa feat. Zaho)
21
2010 "Hold My Hand"
(Sean Paul feat. Zaho)
59
2010 "Heartless"
(Justin Nozuka feat. Zaho)
2013 "Ma meilleure"
(La Fouine feat. Zaho)
13 23 La Fouine album
Drôle de parcours
"Shooting Star"
(Tara McDonald feat. Zaho)
16 28

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Also featured in[edit]

  • "Basta" by La Fouine, in "Bourré au son" (2005)
  • "Halili" by Cheb Mami, in "Layali" (2006)
  • "Un point c tout" by Sefyu, in "Qui suis-je?" (with Mina and Sana) (2006)
  • "Lune de miel" by Don Choa, in "Jungle de béton" (2007)
  • "Tout ce temps" by Idir, in "La France des couleurs" (2007)
  • "La France des couleurs" by Idir, dans "La France des couleurs"
  • "Citoyen du monde" by Tunisiano, in "Le Regard des gens" (2008)
  • "Je m'écris" by Kery James, in "À l'ombre du show business" (with also Grand Corps Malade) (2008)
  • "Quand ils vont partir" by Kamelancien, in "Le Frisson de la vérité"
  • "T'est chelou", remix by "C'est chelou", by D.Dy in "T'aimes ou t'aimes pas" (2008)
  • "Hold My Hand" (French Version), by Sean Paul (2010)
  • "Heartless" by Justin Nozuka (2010)
  • "Fais doucement" by Rohff, in "La cuenta" (2010)
  • "Elle venait du ciel" by La Fouine in "La fouine vs laouni" (2011)
  • "Indélébile" -Christophe Willem ft. Zaho (2011)
  • "Ma Meilleure" - La Fouine feat Zaho (2013)
  • "Shooting Star" - Tara McDonald feat Zaho (2013)

Récompenses et nominations[edit]

  • MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 : Meilleur artiste français
  • NRJ Music Awards 2009 : Révélation francophone de l’année
  • NRJ Music Awards 2011 : Groupe/Duo/Troupe francophone de l’année feat Justin Nozuka
  • Prix de La Création 2011: Chanson international 2011 feat Sean Paul
  • Trace Urban Music Award 2013 : Meilleure artiste féminine
  • Trace Urban Music Awards 2013 : Meilleure collaboration feat La Fouine

References[edit]

External links[edit]