After his latest exhibition, A Life in Music: 50 Years on the Road, was showcased at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in 2015, acclaimed music photographer Michael Putland returned to shoot Hindi Zahra’s sold out concert in the Elgar Room as part of the Nour Festival.
Music photographer Michael Putland has photographed literally thousands of artists since picking up a camera at the age of 9, including the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Bee Gees, Madonna and Patti Smith. Putland has documented music history in the making, photographing the faces that changed popular music, in an era when popular music was changing everything else.
Hindi Zahra is a Moroccan-born French singer-songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, hailing from Khouribga, Morocco. Drawing her musical influences from Berber music, soul, jazz, blues and world music, Zahra’s vocals have been compared with the likes of Portishead, Manu Chao, Billie Holiday and Patti Smith.
On 8 November 2015 Zahra wowed a sold-out audience in the Royal Albert Hall’s intimate alternative concert space the Elgar Room, with her powerful and engaging voice. She sang music from her acclaimed album Homeland, as well as performing older favourites.
‘Zahra’s voice is a focused blend of boldness and delicacy, serving well a wholly personal compositional signature that draws a coherent line from the blues to chanson francaise, or rather réaliste, via north African folk.’
‘The appeal is easy enough to hear and hard to resist: Zahra’s voice is a focused blend of boldness and delicacy, serving well a wholly personal compositional signature that draws a coherent line from the blues to chanson francaise, or rather réaliste, via north African folk’
PART OF THE NOUR FESTIVAL
Nour Festival shines a light on the very best in contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture, each October and November, in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, organised by the Council’s Arts and Culture Service. From its origins as a pioneering arts education programme based at Leighton House Museum, in 2015 Nour grew grew into an all-encompassing, 32-partner and 20-venue strong festival. Each year, Nour introduces more new friends and welcomes ever-growing new audiences, all united in a desire to experience artistic excellence and thought-provoking work, which challenges stereotypes of this region of the world and its peoples, through cultural expression.
To The Forces
The Moon Is Full
Set Me Free