Video: Hindi Zahra – ’120 Seconds’ on Friends We Love

 

In this video on Friends We Love, Moroccan musician Hindi Zahra discusses the influence of her album photographer, Hassan Hajjaj. Sharing a mutual appreciate for color and visuals, Hassan and Hindi bonded, making way for Hassan to inspire Hindi to paint more.

Also, be sure to check out the recent feature on Hindi on the New York Times website!

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Hindi Zahra Releases ‘Handmade’ + Free MP3

 

The day is finally here! Today marks the U.S. release of Hindi Zahra’s debut album, Handmade, an infectious work of exotic sounds that playfully savor East and West. Soul, reggae, folk, and jazz all intertwine to create a soothing set of 17 tracks that effortlessly spill from one into the next. Carefully crafted per its moniker, the album also comes with six acoustic interpretations at the end – an incredible treat.

You fancy Norah Jones, Adele, and Sade? Duh. Hindi is a no brainer.

Hindi embarks on her debut US tour on September 30 in Los Angeles, continuing to Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and culminating in NYC at CMJ.

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Hindi Zahra – “Beautiful Tango” [MP3]
 

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Video Premiere: Hindi Zahra – “The Man I Love” (Unplugged) + Tour Dates

 

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For a little while now, we’ve been teasing you with the bar-setting music of miss Hindi Zahra. Her U.S. release for Handmade is now only days away and we are amped. To hold you over, we are pleased to premiere the video for the gorgeous unplugged version of “The Man I Love.” The melodic folk track dances between East and West with overwhelming warmth, crafted with delicate care and truly handmade.

We hope you enjoy this perfect Friday unwind with us.

Hindi will be kicking off her U.S. tour at the Ooh LA L.A. Festival in Los Angeles, which will also feature the much buzzed about act Tinariwen.

Tour Dates
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Ooh la L.A! Festival @ El Rey
10/1 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/3 Portland, OR @ Holocene
10/4 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
10/5 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
10/6 Calgary, ALB @ Ironwood Stage & Grill
10/9 Winnipeg, MAN @ West End Cultural Center
10/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/11 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/17 Toronto, ONT @ Drake Hotel
10/18 Montreal, PQ @ Corona Theater
10/19 New York, NY @ France Rocks at CMJ – Hiro Ballroom

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Hindi Zahra Shares “Fascination” + Acoustic Video & Interview Magazine Feature

 

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Not long ago we introduced you to Hindi Zahra, a truly charming Parisian vocalist mixing jazz, blues, and folk. Today, we’re excited to share a few goodies from one of our favorite newer acts.

Yesterday Hindi Zahra premiered her newest single, “Fascination,” on Filter with a free download. The song is warm, folky, and perfect for an afternoon hum on our ranch (assuming we had a ranch). Find it below!

Interview Magazine has dropped an insightful feature on Hindi, covering everything from her role models and her view on some flattering comparisons (Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith) to the influence of film on her music.

The feature also touches on Zahra’s songwriting process, which is particularly intriguing. Ignoring pressures of peers to record, she took her time to start an album when she was “ready” – that time ended up being at age 28. Now 32, the graceful artist exhibits a peaceful patience in her approach to her music:

When I write, I write step-by-step. I just write a few words, and then I come back to the words. I have a lot of songs that have just four words. It starts like this, and I came back one or two years after. I work on it when I have a feeling to do it. I never force myself to do something. I think that I have to respect the inspiration. I just understood that you have to leave things, feel things, travel, meet people, get alone—and after, the music and lyrics come.

And if you haven’t already taken a peek, above you’ll find a video from an enchanting acoustic performance of “Beautiful Tango,” the song we shared with you earlier this month.

Look out for the digital release of Handmade on September 26th. Also be sure to check for Hindi on tour beginning September 30th.

Hindi Zahra – “Fascination” [MP3]
 

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Introducing Hindi Zahra

 

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Moroccan-born and Parisian-bred Hindi Zahra’s warm and inviting voice feels familiar. Her bluesy gypsy folk carries a spirit that takes us back to the ecstatic serenity we found with Norah Jones, Adele, and Sade. This fall, she will be making her American debut with Handmade, out digitally September 26 with a physical release available on October 11. True to its title, Handmade, the album was produced and arranged by the versatile Hindi herself.

Above, you’ll find the video for Hindi’s first single, “Beautiful Tango,” which plays out like a gorgeous lullaby. Below, find out when you catch her on tour!

Tour Dates
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ OohLaL.A. Festival
10/1 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/3 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/4 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
10/5 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Theater
10/6 Calgary, ALB @ Iron Wood
10/7 Edmonton, ALB @ Haven Social Club
10/9 Winnipeg, MAN @ West End Cultural Center
10/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/11 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/17 Toronto, ONT @ Drake
10/18 Montreal, PQ @ Corona Theater
10/21-10/23 New York, NY @ CMJ

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