Saturday, July 10, 2010

CD Review: Morocco's Hindi Zahra

Oursoul Records

A France-based, Moroccan singer and guitarist, Hindi Zahra is a glowing example of folk-rock musicianship and North African charisma. Hindi's vocal style is similar in tone to U.S. singers, Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles. Essentially, there is a classic pop standard element throughout the album. Though, Hindi's lyrics of English and Berber languages meld perfectly with the spritely rhythms and lounge club feel of intimate tunes. Moreover, English and Berber lyrics are included for all tracks. The songs are structured, but not over-produced. Overall, Hindi's voice and instrumentation are hand-picked, or rather, 'handmade', with love, peace, and spirit. The influence of French rhythms are more prominent than anything else. Still, Handmade is a satisfying journey that beams with colour, light, and emotion. ~ Matthew Forss

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