She started to draw serious attention by singing jazz standards to her own Arabic translations. Subsequently, she performed or recorded with John Zorn, Makoto Ozone, Tommy Campbell, and Will Calhoun, among others. She moved to New York City, eventually settling in Jersey City, in 2010, where she was signed on the Motéma Music label. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall (opening for Bobby McFerrin), the London Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Opera House Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, the Festival du Monde Arabe, the Salzburg Jazz Festival, Festival Nuits d’Afrique Montreal, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Maqam Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club and many more. Music Zarra's music is influenced by traditional Berber music, Gnawa music, Chaabi, French pop music, jazz, house, funk, dance, and traditional African music. Specific personal influences include Hajja Hamdaouia, Rais Mohand, Farid al-Atrash, Um Kalthoum, Warda Al-Jazairia, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby McFerrin, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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