• Hindi Zahra

Most of what I’ve read about the singer and songwriter Hindi Zahra over the last year has made a big deal about her Moroccan roots. She was born in the North African country to a French father and a Berber mother, and she moved with her dad to Paris when she was a teenager. On her debut album Handmade (released today in the US on Naïve, although it was released in France a year ago by Blue Note) she sings exclusively in English (with the exception of the Berber-language “Oursoul”). Her collaborator Thomas Naïm plays the Moroccan frame drum called the bendir on “Stand Up,” which breaks into a quasi-Arabic riff for a moment, but that’s about as a deep as the Maghreb runs here.