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Hindi Zahra
220px-Hindi-Zahra 2010
Zahra at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
Background
Also known as Zahra Hindi
Born 20 January 1979
Origin Khouribga, Morocco
Genres Berber music, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Folk, Blues, World music
Occupation Musician
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 2009–present
Website www.hindi-zahra.com

Hindi Zahra (born 20 January 1979 in Khouribga, Morocco) is a Franco-Moroccan singer and actress. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name. 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, Hindi Zahra has drawn comparisons with Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Manu Chao, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Norah Jones.

Career

Zahra grew up with her Moroccan mother, a dancer and actress, in Khouribga, Morocco. At the age of fifteen, she left school and moved to Paris to live with her father, who had been a soldier. At age 18 she worked at the Louvre. 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. 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 In February 2011, she won the Victoires de la Musique award for the best World music album.

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

In April 2015 her second studio album Homeland was released.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Peak positions Certification
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
FR SWE SWI
2010 Handmade 22 35 17 29 58
2015 Homeland 64 68 27
Others
  • 2011: Handmade Deluxe Edition (with previously unreleased songs)

EPs

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

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
BEL
(Wa)
FR GER
2010 "Beautiful Tango" 9*
(Ultratip)
85 Handmade
2015 "Any Story" 88 Homeland

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

Other releases
  • 2010: "Stand Up"
  • 2010: "Imik Si Mik"
  • 2011: "Fascination"

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