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On CNN International "AFRICAN VOICES"
"From Morocco to New York Malika Zarra has taken her mezzo-soprano voice across the world, crossing both musical and cultural boundaries. Singing in Berber, Moroccan Arabic and French she's redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world."
Moroccan-Berber singer/composer/producer, Malika Zarra is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French and English. Christina Roden
The lines between Middle Eastern music and jazz are there to be drawn. Ornette Coleman has played with the Master Musicians of Joujouka, and Pharoah Sanders recorded an album with Maleem Mahmoud Ghania, of the Gnawa tribe. Now, Moroccan vocalist Malika Zarra is arriving at this crossroads from the opposite direction, infusing the music of her native culture with jazz influences. Her self-released debut CD, On The Ebony Road, mixes rhythms from chaabi, Berber and Gnawa music…
Phil Freeman GLOBAL RHYTHM
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