Hindi Zahra has performed once before at the Oslo World. Nevertheless, there is nothing like welcoming back a dear guest – particularly when her travel suitcase contains a brand new album. Her second release, aptly named Homeland, was released a few months ago. It has been five years since her debut, and the long-awaited second album displays a matured artist whose inspirational and expressional registers have grown extensively.
Hindi Zahra was born in the Moroccan city of Khouribga 36 years ago. At 18, she moved to Paris, which was where her interest for music developed into active practice. After a few years she was able to play a range of different instruments, and throughout her twenties she developed a repertoire of 50 songs that were performed live. In 2009 she released her first EP; and just a few months later her debut album, Handmade, was released to great acclaim. A great part of the success owes to Hindi’s voice, which at times resembles those of the Jazz queens of the 1940s and at times those of more contemporary soul singers. However, part of the credit must be taken by the instrumental part of her music – it covers both urban jazz expressions and Brazilian bossa nova, in addition to the Touareg and Berber references present on her latest album (hence the title).
Double billing with Sarah Camille
Text: Kristian Krogh