Artist Profiles: Khalida Azzouza

Khalida Azzouza
Khalida Azzouza

Cradled in tribal rhythms of her father’s Southern Sahara and the Arab Andalusian music of her mother’s Mediterranean coast, Khalida’s very personal oriental jazz approach brings to her listener to a unique experience beyond regular performance. After her shows, she is has often been told by a members of the audience that her songs are like prayers.

From Algiers to Montreal, where she now lives, she has now renewed with her music in a world where her life is no longer threatened by death threats coming from religious extremist. Her unique voice carries a high level of emotions. She surrounds herself with top jazz musicians that are able to improvised with her in new cross-cultural directions.

Khalida studied for four years Arab Andalusian music and singing with professor and composer Rabah Kadem at the Djamiaa Nagham of which she was a lead singer in Algiers.

Her Arabic adaptation of Leo Ferre “Avec le temps” – “Ma Zamane” and her Arabic-English adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah have been broadcasted worldwide on Radio-Canada International.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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