This year’s season of the Musicology Barcaffe Sessions concert series will open the worldwide known French-Moroccan songwriter and singer, who enchanted the Belgrade audience 2 years ago with a concert she held within the mentioned series.
It is Hindi Zahra, who will have this time two concerts at the Bitefartcafe cult club on September 28th and 29th, marking the beginning of another season that promises fantastic music, quality and represents a growing new cultural wave in Serbia. We had a chance to talk to Hindi Zahra about her experience in Serbia, as well as her expectations before the upcoming concerts.
You have already performed in Belgrade. How do you observe that experience and what do you expect from Serbia this time?
I have performed in Belgrade 2 years ago. For me, it was an amazing experience. I connected with the audience very much and I felt their energy, and they felt my essence. I can’t wait to open the new season of Musicology and to see in which direction will evolve the concert of both evenings.
You were born in Morocco. Do you feel a great connection to your roots?
Absolutely. My country and people have given me so much. I spent 5 years there in deep introspection, thinking about life and making music. I love Marrakech and my people. They are a big part of me and my work.
How did you indulge in music? Did anyone influence you or did you just always know that you were going to go that path?
I grew up in a musical family so that music has always been omnipresent in my life. I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston. They have left a huge impact on me. I wanted to study psychology, but I just love to sing. This is what moves me.
If you were a song, what song would it be?
Purple Rain because of my blues. I’m a big fan of Prince’s performances.
And what kind of music do you listen in your free time? Where does your inspiration come from?
I listen to a variety of music styles and believe that there is something essential and authentic in each of them. Very often you can find me listening to everything from the trap music, through traditional, classical and digital music. For me, there are no boundaries in music. I love diversity and find it a huge space for creativity and endless possibilities for creation.
Your music has a special impact on your audience and your fans. What makes you think such a reaction occurs?
I believe it is because of my desire for them to feel good. I’m sure they feel it in the way I perform and how I express my emotions through music.
Do you have anything to say to young people in Serbia who are at the beginning of their music careers?
Indulge yourself. Use the knowledge you possess, but do not hesitate to fully surrender to your imagination. Find what makes you different, and don’t give up.
Hindi Zahra concert tickets can be purchased online or at selling places of following services
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