Hindi Zahra - Handmade

Hindi Zahra - Handmade
Release Date:
March 16, 2010
Recording Date:
2008 - 2009
Recording Location:
Charonne's Home; Studio La Seine
Contemporary Jazz, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs

The debut from this half-Moroccan, half-French singer/songwriter is pleasant. It has its moments that glisten, but for the most part it passes by without making a great impression. "Kiss & Thrills," which revolves around a very simple, bluesy riff, works superbly, almost hypnotic, as if someone had dropped Ali Farka Touré into North Africa alongside a female singer. The lush layered vocals of the closer, "Old Friends," set up a deliciously dreamy atmosphere, while "Stand Up" seems to mix chanson with touches of modernity to good effect and a surprising Arabic interlude. Unfortunately, the remaining eight tracks have little to make them stand out, being mostly French blandness (although largely sung in English). Zahra has talent, and a nice kittenish voice, but it all needs more development and editing.

Beautiful Tango / Romain Vaugeois / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:56
Oursoul / Romain Vaugeois / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:17
Fascination / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:37
Set Me Free / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:55
Kiss & Thrills / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:51
At the Same Time / Thomas Naïm / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:24
Imik Si Mik / Thomas Naïm / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:55
Stand Up / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra4:39
Music / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:49
Don't Forget / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:47
Old Friends / Hindi ZahraHindi Zahra3:03
[CD-ROM Track]Hindi Zahra

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