“Handmade” was the first album of the Moroccan/French singer Hindi Zahra. The album title is enough reason for us to like her, right ? Not quite, we also like the sweet confusion of not knowing what musical genre she does and still loving the music: a melody that feels very much Moroccan, yet full of worldwide influences and inspirations. To listen to any of her songs is to have a breath of fresh musical air: she easily switches between Berber and Arabic to French or English without losing any of the meaning, poetry or harmony of the song, something that Moroccans can usually do in their daily communication, but that was never beautifully captured in a form of art until Zahra’s songs. We like to think also that “handmade” refers maybe to the way she crafts her music, carving out old rhythms that are, indeed, beautiful in their timelessness. Zahra released her second studio album “Homeland” last year and we found it to be just as good and diverse..a perfect window from which worldwide audiences can enjoy some Moroccan-influenced original music.