Zahira

Zahira

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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Canadian performing artist Zahira is an internationally known vocalist, songwriter and producer who lights up each stage she performs on. Beyond genre, her music is a fusion of soul, reggae, pop and EDM; driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. She promotes awareness and empowerment in response to social justice, human rights and the earth.

Biography

Zahira & Rising Buffalo Tribe deliver a unique performance that never fails to get the crowd moving! Led by frontwoman Zahira’s soulful-heart felt vocals and inspiring lyrics, their music is a fusion of reggae, funk, pop, and dub. Their sound is driven by deep bass, soaring guitar solos and lush harmonies, bringing forth a full power performance that opens hearts and inspires global change.


ABOUT ZAHIRA

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. She has recently shared the bill with The Original Wailers, Jah 9, Wailing Souls, The Wailers, Junior Reid, Sol Seed, Yung JR, Chezidek, Prezident Brown, Soulmedic, General Smiley, Indubious and more. Zahira has played to crowds at a number of festivals in places including USA, Canada, Israel, Bali and Thailand, bringing the spirit of love and unifying the masses.


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 1, 2018. Her new roots reggae single w/ pop appeal “Mystic One” featuring Rising Buffalo Tribe has been released July 27, 2018 and followed with an inspirational music video. New single "Hold On" will be released in March of 2019.


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


Lyrics

Kindness

Written By: Zahira Soul

VERSE 1:
Wherever you are, remember to be kind
Cus’ real love baby isn’t so hard to find
When someone’s feeling down
You know I’ll be around
Serenading them with a loving sound.

CHORUS:
Kindness is what you'll findness
Close your eyes the stillness helps you find this
Kindness bow down your highness
Open your eyes the senses help your find this

VERSE 2:
I do what I can to help a friend smile
Even if it means stepping back for a while
Remember what you give circles back around
So step off the thrown, take off your crown
Baby it’s there and ready to be found.

CHORUS

Making time for others is the best thing I’ve found
Happiness is there when love is spread around
Start conversation with the lonely man next door
This simple act of kindness will grant you so much more
Cus doing good for others is what I’m here for.

CHORUS

VERSE 3:
Living inspiration we breathe each day
So smile say hello then go on your way.
When I’m feeling lonely or things have gone to pieces
My day will turn around when someone on the street says
Something from the heart good vibes will be releasing

CHORUS

Wind

Written By: Zahira Soul

VERSE:
o i've realized got to get up and fly (oh mmm)
and the time has come for me to be more alive (oh feeling love inside)
oh nows the time to look deeper into myself
In my heart the love never left from the start….

CHORUS:
oh the wind will blow and we shall grow
oh the wind will blow ohhh

VERSE:
Oh I've realized it's you i've tried to find (oh mmmmm)
No man compares design( oh maybe this is a sign)
Oh nows the time for me to admit this to myself
It's you i love, truth is you match me so well…

o i've realized can't get you off my mind (oh no no)
and the time has come for me to look in your eyes (See how we feel inside)
nows the time to go deeper into ourselves
Go with the flow and see what our hearts have to tell…

CHORUS
oh the wind will blow and we shall grow
oh the wind will blow ohhh
oh come on come on baby i want you to know
take me to the place where we can
Just let go...ohhh

VERSE:
I see you as my brother
I see you as my lover
O baby you just undercover
I see you as a wizard I see you as a sadhu
I see you as you oh
I look into your eyes and i am not suprised
Oh lets surrender and merge into the sky

BRIDGE
Who are you? who am i? who are you who am I?

CHORUS
oh the wind will blow and we shall grow
oh the wind will blow ohhh
ohcome on come on baby i want you to know

Talk To Me

Written By: Zahira Soul

Verse:
Do you see me?
Do you feel me?
Do you hear me?
Do you believe in me?

Can you breathe with me?
Can you sing with me?
Can you walk with me?
Be real and talk with me?

chorus:
Talk to me baby bout how you feel (how your feelin’)
What's on your mind? Be true and real…
Talk to me baby I wanna hear, hear your soul speak
Your higher self is who I want to meet

Look Inside My Mind

Written By: Zahira Soul

CHORUS:
Look inside my mind
There's someone there inside
It's you that you will find baby

VERSE:
Story starts around end of May
Sunshine was leading me on my way
No agenda for my day
Uncertain why I chose this road
But known magic is about to unfold
Emotions rise inside of me...
I stopped flat in my tracks
Felt someone walkin' up behind my back
Who could it be, lookin' for me?
Shivers came down my spine
His touch woke me up and I came back alive
Is he the one I'm here to find?

CHORUS

VERSE 2:
My heart was racing, had to catch my breath
The beat was pulsing up and down inside my chest
The love was growing very strong
I turned around lookin’ at the ground
Hearin’ angel voices sing all around
They were rejoicing for this day
Lookin’ up I could see it all
Synchronistic love my heart recalled
Memories of soul journies (yeah)
I knew then that you were my love
Here to wake me up, help me rise above
All illusions of this life

CHORUS

Summertime

Written By: Zahira & Vince DiLorenzo

ooh
oooh
oooh yah oh ohhh yeah

Sun kissed me awake
its a sweet summer day
I rise up, get ready,
With a smile on my face
I called my girls to get together,
Meet me at the beach in town
Its Saturday, beautiful weather
Time to love and feel the sound

CHORUS
Summertime makes you move la, da, da
Get together feel the groove la, da, da
Summer sun feels so right la, da, da
All the people move as one la, da, da

Walkin free on the street
Feelin' good as I go on by
People join, move and sway
Dancin' all over the place
The vibe is right, music is bumpin
All stars become aligned
Union of sistren and bredren
Freein up in the golden light

CHORUS

DUB

CHORUS

Let me tell you bout....
Sandy toes (Sandy toes)
Air is sweet (Oh so sweet)
Music plays (Music plays)
Move your feet (Move your feet)

CHORUS

da, da, da, da
da, da, da
da, da
da, da, da, da

Sun ray on you ohhhh
Sun ray on you ohhhh (2x)

All the people move as one la, da, da 3x
(da, da, da, da)

Easy Days

Written By: Zahira

OH, OH OH

OOO OH OH OH OH
OOO OH OH OH OH
UH OH (2X)

The easy days the days you can let go
Obligations conflicts no
When you just get up and go on your way (UH OH)
Fill your heart with love and fly away
Theres no games youll need to play
All you need to do is flow on your way

CHORUS:
Oh ooo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh (UH OH 2ND TIME)
Oh oo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh ( 1ST TIME OH)

The easy days the days you can relax
Ignore all questions asked
Free all moments past take off your mask
Fill your soul with peace and melt away
No schedual haunts your day
All you need to go is flow on your way

CHORUS:
Oh ooo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh (UH OH 2ND TIME)
Oh oo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh ( 1ST TIME OH)

The easy days the can just breath
When your soul is all you feed
Watch sprouting seed be calm at last
Just live in the now and sit right back
And Let your worries pass
All you need to do is flow on your way

CHORUS:
Oh ooo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh (UH OH 2ND TIME)
Oh oo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh ( 1ST TIME OH)

VOCAL DUB PART
OH OOO OH OH OH OH
THE EASY DAYS (REPEAT)
UH OH UH OH

CHORUS:
Oh ooo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh (UH OH 2ND TIME)
Oh oo oh oh oh the easy days
Oh oo oh oh oh ( 1ST TIME OH)

Ascension

Written By: Zahira,Jaya Raise

We be united by the cause
Undivided by the walls
Towers come to fall
But the people’s truth
Is revolution
ascension 2x

There is no queen, there is no king
Your offering to this world you bring
Rebellion comes just because
But ascension is the holy law

Im grateful we’re grateful
Together yes were stable
The movement is union
Cus loves the strength to change
Loves the strength to change
Love’s strength to change,
Loves the strength to change
Loves the strength to change (Change, Change)

We be united by the cause
Undivided by the wall
Towers come to fall
But the people’s truth
Is revolution
ascension 2x

I'm grateful we’re grateful
And together yes were stable
The movement is union
Cus loves the strength to change
Love's the strength to change
Love’s the strength to change
Love's the strength to change
Love's the strength to change
Revolution, ascension
Revolution, ascension

Discography

Discography:

“Resonate” Limited Edition EP”---April, 2011

"Sweet Ma" Album---------------------May, 2012

“Summertime” Single--------------July, 2013

“Easy Days” Single-----------------August, 2013

"Rise Up" Album-------------------March, 2014

"Aisa Lagi Lagan" Single----------April, 2015

"Ascension" Single-----------------December, 2016

"Stand Strong" Single-------------March, 2017

"Mystic One" Single---------------August, 2018

Set List

1) SHIVA

2) TRIBE 7

4) SUMMERTIME

5) EASY DAYS

6) REASONS

7) REARRANGE BABYLON

8) MYSTIC ONE

9) REMEMBER YOU

10) ALCHEMIZE

11) YES, YES, YES

12) ASCENSION

13) RISE UP

14) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE