In spite of her teachers' objection and others encouragement to take up singing as a serious profession, Ms. Al-Jundi stopped singing at the age of 17 in order to devote more time for her college studies. She moved to the US in 1982 where she attended the University of TX, Austin and completed her Bachelor's degree in architecture and finished the course work of a Master's in urban design. Discovering that it was a passion which didn't die in spite of 18 long years of not singing, she made the decision to go back to her music in 1998. February, 1999 marked her first live concert in Austin, when she performed with George Sawa, the renowned Egyptian qanun player and the Austin Middle Eastern Ensemble to a sold out audience at UT's Jessen Auditorium. At present time, Ms Al-Jundi is devoting more time to her music, which she not only sees as an incredible tool for self expression but also as an invaluable one in giving the world a glimpse of her beautiful culture.
She plans and hopes to continue and further her music career with live performances in Austin as well as other cities in the US and abroad. She currently produces her own events through her music booking and production agency, WMD Productions, which she formed in 1997 with the goal of promoting world cultures through their music and dance. Her live performances in Austin have included many successful shows over the course of four years at La Zona Rosa, Austin Music Hall and St. Edward's University featuring both the traditional and contemporary repertoire of Arabic music—two categories for which Zein has a great love and desires to sing.—Courtesy Calabash Music Read more on Last.fm.
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