ABOUT:   

 

Zahra Alzubaidi زهراء الزبيدي is a New York based vocalist who performs a variety of Arabic styles, with a focus on Iraqi music. She has performed as a featured artist in multiple music venues throughout the US, and as a guest/chorus with ensembles such as Safaafir, Takht El Nagham, and The Brooklyn Nomads, among others. Zahra pays homage with her performances to the Southern Iraqi sound. 

Born in Iraq to a big family, Zahra’s earliest influences are her family’s Chaabi wedding music, funeral recitations, and Hossat (popular southern songs to rile up crowds). It was through her older siblings, as well as Iraqi radio and television, that Zahra developed her appreciation for Classical Arabic artists such as Mohammad Abdul Wahab and the great Umm Kulthum. Later, when she emigrated to Amman in the mid-90’s, she was introduced to the Levantine music of Palestine, Lebanon and Syria.

Zahra moved to NYC in 2008 to continue her studies in Performing Arts. Graduated from Stella Adler Conservatory and worked in several films and plays as an actor and an Arabic dialects coach around the US. She splits her time between performing/studying music, and translating for media and publications. 


Performances : 

2019
Pomegranate Gallery (NYC)  
With Iraqi Maqam reciter Hamid Al-Saadi 

Metropolitan Museum ( NYC) 
 Safaafir & Iraqi Maqam reciter Hamid Al-Saadi 

Roulette Intermeduim ( NYC) 
Brooklyn Maqam 1st Anniversary 

Brooklyn Nomads at Secret Room ( NYC) 2019 

Lincoln Center Atrium 360 ( NYC) 
 Hamid Al-Saadi with Safaafir: The Maqam of Iraq 

Roulette Intermeduim ( NYC) 
Hamid Al-Saadi with Safaafir: Iraqi Maqam 

Lincoln Center Atrium 360 ( NYC) 
 Safaafir & Iraqi Maqam reciter Hamid Al-Saadi 

2020

Sisters Brooklyn: Zahra Alzubaidi  ( NYC) 
Presented by Brooklyn Maqam 

Rebuild Beirut Benefit ( NYC ) 
ViewNY Online event 

MoMa PS 1 ( NYC)  
With Safaafir & Iraqi Maqam reciter Hamid Al-Saadi 

2021

Wild Birds BK: Zahra Alzubaidi  ( NYC) 
Presented by Brooklyn Maqam 

Takht Al-nagham at North beach Bandshell ( Miami ) 
Presented by Rhythm Foundation 

Women’s Voice and the Iraqi Maqam at Jalopy ( NYC)  
With Safaafir & Iraqi Maqam reciter Hamid Al-Saadi 

2022

Takht Al-Nagham at Rouletter Intermedium ( NYC) 
With Singer Lubana Quntar 

Zahra Alzubaidi & friends At Barbés  ( NYC) 
Presented by Brooklyn Maqam 

Zahra Alzubaidi at Joes Pub ( NYC) 
Habibi Festival 

Zahra & Friends at The Jalopy ( NYC ) 
7th Annual Brooklyn International Folk Festival 

Jalsat Tarab at Jalopy ( NYC) 
Music from Iraq and the Gulf 

2023

Zahra & Friends at The Jalopy ( NYC ) 
8th Annual Brooklyn International Folk Festival 

Takht Al-nagham at CITY LORE( NYC) 
Earthquake fundraiser

Takht Al-nagham at Carnegie Hall ( NYC) 
With singer Lubana Quntar 

Ameer Armaly & friends at Barbes (NYC) 

Zahra Alzubaidi & friends At Sultan Room  ( NYC)  
Presented by Brooklyn Maqam 

27th Annual Arabic Music Retreat Concert  ( MA)  
Led by singer Abeer Nehme 

Ameer Armaly & friends at Jalopy (NYC)

Amir ElSaffar in E Half Flat - Raga Festival ( NYC ) 
Pioneer Works

Benefit Concert For Palestine  (NYC) 
Presented by Sika Bika 

Benefit Concert For Palestine At Sultan Room (NYC)
Ft. Orchestra Farha 

2024 
Amir ElSaffar Residency at THE STONE ( NYC) 
Music for Free Palestine

Hanzala, a child for Palestine at ROULETTE  ( NYC) 
With the Brooklyn Nomads 

Hanzala: Still 10 years old since 1948  at ROULETTE  (NYC)
With the Brooklyn Nomads 

 Musicians for Palestine  at NUBLU ( NYC) 
Brooklyn Improv Orchestra