Hend ZOUARI (Qanun player and singer)
Doctor in Musicology in the Sorbonne, Paris
Author, composer, performer
A path ... A destiny
Hend ZOUARI, of Tunisian origin, is nicknamed "The princess of the Qanun". She comes from a family of musicians. Very early in her childhood, her father taught her the Qanun. Later, she became major of promotion of the University of Sfax where she received a presidential prize of Tunisia which allowed her to migrate to Paris to pursue her studies of musicology at the Sorbonne.
Paris is the actual starting point of the artistic career of Hend ZOUARI as a soloist on an international scale. She made many tours and multiplied her artistic collaboration with Souad Massi, Tim Supple, Kamel Wali, André Manoukian, Goksel Baktagir and Lena Chamamyan. In 2009, she released her first album, "L'envol", a mixture of Oriental and Iranian music with flamenco. She fights to stay in Paris and develop her music. Hend Zouari's curiosity and openness to other musical cultures nourishes her creativity, revealing a new style of composition and Qanun playing.
For Hend, Paris is a true crossroad of encounter that enabled her to enrich herself with other musical styles. However, she keeps a nostalgia for Tunisia, the memories of childhood and the cultural heritage that has been transmitted to her.
The album BLEDI of Hend ZOUARI is the succulent and eclectic fruit of her history, her journey from its beginning, which makes her, an artist without frontiers and a citizen in this world through her music and her universal texts.
The color of the album BLEDI
Between hope and nostalgia, BLEDI represents for Hend ZOUARI the identity of each person in relation with his land, his country, his "bled". Hend is not limited to the cultural borders of his native land, Tunisia. Her vision of the world is open. She has created connections and exchanges between musicians of different cultures and she communicates through her music messages of love and peace in the world.
BLEDI is an album where Hend Zouari delivers a part of her intimacy. Most titles are related to a particular event in her life. Hend takes an anxious look at the current world and expresses it through her committed texts, co-written in several languages with Pauline Paris and Betty Rojas.
Hend country hommage to the great Tunisian revolutionary poet, Aboul Kacem CHEBBI, by making adaptations of his poems on some titles. This album reveals, thus, several messages and defends human values, human rights, feminine beauty, love between peoples and children victims of war.
Hend ZOUARI was surrounded by musicians from several cultures who brought different colors to the album, such as Didier Malherbe's Armenian doudouk, the oriental and Mediterranean sounds of Lucien Zerrad's oud, Wassim Derbel’s Darbouka and Daf and Zied Zouari’s violin, and also the contribution of Western sounds with electro-rock sounds by Julien Tekeyan's drums, Thierry Fanfant's and Pauline Paris’ bass, Lucien Zerrad's electro rock guitar and Betty Rojas's Latin percussion sounds.
BLEDI is an eclectic album with multiple musical rhythms that sticks to the identity of Hend Zouari and its openness to the world.
Hend ZOUARI (Qanun player and singer) Doctor in Musicology in the Sorbonne, Paris Author, composer, performer A path ... A destiny Hend ZOUARI, of Tunisian origin, is nicknamed "The princess of the Qanun". She comes from a family of musicians. Very early in her childhood, her father taught her the Qanun. Later, she became major of promotion of the University of Sfax... more
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