Zera Vaughan

Zera Vaughan

BandWorldEDM

In ancient language, 'Zera' means seeds and I wanted my music to come from all over the World, like me. I use all the tribal and ethnic vibe with a glimpse of pop and trip hop. My differences give to my sound a genre that makes it unique. Each note we are playing is for peace in the world

Biography

Zera Vaughan – Music Without Frontiers

Tunisian Born Singer/Songwriter Spans Cultures And Continents With
Back To The Roots

Zera Vaughan is an artist with a global outlook and a desire to make music without frontiers. Back To The Roots, her debut offering, is a perfect blend of North African Ethnic rhythms, European club beats and classic American pop balladry that honors the music’s ancient past while stepping boldly into the future. With her musical collaborators – producer and songwriter Amir Efrat and the French band W.S.L. – Vaughan invites us along for a journey that’s as spiritual as it is musical, with music that gently draws you deeper into its enigmatic spell with every listen.

“My name Zera, means seed in the ancient language,” Vaughan explains. “When you plant a seed in the soil, it becomes a tree. Imagine the potential power of that one seed. We all come from a seed and we all have that energy and power. I make music that’s relaxing, but it also speaks to another level of consciousness. I was born in Tunisia and raised between two cultures, the local and the European. My father loved American jazz, but the local people listened to Middle Eastern pop. I remember one hot summer night, when my dad played Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘The Moon.’ At the same time, there was traditional Tunisian music coming in the window from the street. To me, the mixture of the two seemed amazing and magical and that feeling never left me.”

That love of diverse cultures permeates every note of Back To The Roots, an album that dances sinuously from the exotically scented bazaars of North Africa, to the smoky jazz clubs of Paris and the chilled out club rooms of London and L. A. With the help of producer and songwriter Amir Efrat, whose desire to blend pop/electronica with Middle Eastern and world music styles matches her own, Vaughan has created an album that spans cultures and continents.

The production on Back To The Roots gives every track a glistening, wide-open aura, while Vaughan’s vocals have an ethereal presence that floats through the mix, imbuing the music with an ageless presence that’s both sensuous and spiritual. Randy Crawford’s “Almaz” opens with a wordless muezzin-like call honoring the unborn spirit. W.S.L. [Henri Deschamps, guitar; Francois Benichou and Amir Efrat, keys; Remy Leger and Vivi Rama, bass; J. C, Mott, drums and percussionist Benjy and Ahu Cansenven, lay down a tribal rhythm highlighted by synthesizer washes that mimic an Egyptian string orchestra, while Vaughan delivers a vocal that blends R&B and middle-eastern inflections. “Almaz is the Ethiopian word for diamond, which symbolizes purity,” Vaughan explains. “I used to sing this song all the time, hearing African drums and percussion in my head. I did this track live with the band.” “The Crying Moon” has one of the album’s most haunting melodies and a bravura vocal performance. It’s a pop tune that blends a rock backbeat, oriental percussion and Efrat’s multi-layered keyboard work to create a delirious, swirling soundscape. “The moon is deeply in love with the sun, but he’s too busy taking care of the earth and humanity to shine for her,” Vaughan says. “She changes to catch the sun’s attention, but the earth has life and the moon has none. The beat of the song is the rhythm of the heartbeat, our connection to the natural world. Humans are often too busy to notice the natural world; this song is a reminder to pay attention to the beauty that always surrounds us.” “Mona Lisa” is a straightforward rock ballad with some tasty lead guitar work by Simone Sello. “It’s another song about the everyday mysteries we take for granted,” Vaughan says. “Simon’s guitar gives the tune some minor key drama.” “J’ai (I Have)” bounces along on a jaunty Oriental rhythm track. It features a playful vocal from Vaughan and the ethnic flute work of Fred Selden, who lays down a solo that sounds both Japanese and Native American. “This Time” is a pop confection, a duet with singer/songwriter Sirsa Shekim. Efrat lays down a subtle North African pulse while Vaughan and Shekim trade vocals, Shekim in English and Vaughan in French, their voices pushing and pulling each other, creating a delicious tension before finally blending into a singular melancholy sound full of longing and regret.

The strikingly original sound of Back To The Roots sounds effortless, but its freewheeling, adventurous sound has taken a lifetime to achieve. Zera Vaughan always wanted to sing and act, even as a child. When she was ten, her parents enrolled her in the Tunisian Music Conservatory. “They sent me to study dance and classical [European] music, but I was listening to ethnic music and hung out with the students and teachers. We didn’t speak the same language, their French was as bad as my Tunisian, but we communicated musically. They taught me Malouf, the original music brought over by the Spanish immigrants that were chased from their country by the inquisition [in the

Lyrics

Crying moon

Written By: Zera Vaughan/Amir Efrat

THE CRYING MOON

Verse1:
I feel like I am alone
Under my diamond coat
And I… know… I am so cold!

Verse2:
I feel you like a soul ache
I could be your soul mate
But I… know …she has a dawn!

Pre chorus:
I’ll pretend to be some waterfalls

Chorus:
How loud did she cry to have all your attention?
(As loud as a whisper can be!)
How blue did she turn, to have all your reflection?
(As blue as an angel can feel!)

Verse 3:
I see how all your colors
Light up all the stars
But I… know… soon they will die.

Pre chorus:
I’ll pretend to be some waterfalls

Chorus:
How loud did she cry to have all your attention?
(As loud as a whisper can be!)
How blue did she turn, to have all your reflection?
(As blue as an angel can feel!)
How loud did she cry to have all your attention?
(As loud as a whisper can be!)
How fast did she spin, to have all you reflection?
(As fast as a starlight could be)

Bridge:
You make me walk on this string of that rising desire
You are the friend of my dreams
It burns like enchanted fire…

Break Guitar.

Chorus...
How loud did she cry to have all your attention?
(As loud as a whisper can be!)
How blue did she turn, to have all your reflection?
(As blue as an angel can feel!)
How loud did she cry to have all your attention?
(As loud as a whisper can be!)
How fast did she spin, to have all you reflection?

Discography

Vision" : KCRW
"Almaz" : released in a world music album:"salon oriental 2" released in usa, europe , asia, israel.
"Back To The Roots" 2006

Set List

1/ALMAZ: 3mn
2/VOIR: 4mn
3/SWEET HOME: 3,5mn
4/LOVE SONG: 5mn
5/THIS TIME: 4mn
6/CRYING MOON: 6mn
7/MONA LISA: 4mn
8/LE TEMPS QUI PASSE: 3mn
9/FRAGIL: 3mn
10/MON AMIE LA ROSE: 3mn
11/YEROUSHALAIM 2mn
12/BY MY SIDE 3mn
13/J'AI MAL A LA TETE: 4mn
14/BLACK BIRD!
15/ WHERE IS THE LOVE: 3mn