Zahira is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician inspires people to be strong and positive, and she faces life every day with a special energy that lights up each stage she performs on. Zahira’s original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her live band ‘Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe’, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured Zahira on their track “Root Down” from their album From Zero.
With a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu, this inspirational songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. She released the singles “Summertime” and “Easy Days” in 2013, and in the spring of 2014 Zahira released Rise Up, her first full-length album. In the winter of 2016 she released the single “Ascension,” an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock and EDM driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. Stand Strong a soulful reggae single was released September 8, 2017, and was followed with a music video release for it on February 1st 2018. Her new roots reggae single w/ pop appeal “Mystic One” featuring Rising Buffalo Tribe has been released July 27th 2018 and will have a music video to follow.
No stranger to the music industry, Zahira has worked with several globally renowned artists including Luciano, KRS-One, Bibi McGill, Yami Bolo, Red Fox, Indubious, Rocker-T, Jah Levi and Sol Seed. Some producers and engineers she has worked with include Don One, Vince DiLorenzo, Solji Hamilton, Jaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, Zahira has played to crowds at several festivals and places around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey.
Zahira was born and raised in Canada, and at a young age embraced music and became a gospel choir soprano. Within a few years her family moved to the USA, where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, and realized that she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. She studied Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, and for many years has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performs songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif and indigenous languages to share her message with the world. Being part indigenous (Metis / Algonquin) Zahira utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.
Zahira debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul / reggae material and expanded into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, Zahira has also written songs for various films & television commercials. This devoted diva’s voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners.
“Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it.” -Zahira
CURRENT ACTIVE BANDS:
1) ELECTRO-SOUL PROJECT
- ZAHIRA—————————Vocals / Electronics
- SPECIAL GUESTS———-Members range from 1 – 3 people
2) ZAHIRA & RISING BUFFALO TRIBE
- ALEX THOMPSON——————Bass
- TONY THOMPSON—————-Electric Guitar
- JAHNATHAN VELASQUEZ—-Drumkit / Vocals
- MICHAEL LESLIE——————–Keys / Vocals
3) ZAHIRA CAN BE SEEN AS A GUEST WITH: INDUBIOUS, SOL SEED, THE LAMBSBREAD, JAH LEVI, MIKEY PAUKER