At the Apollo Theater - AFROPOP

Boldly experimental, bringing in Berber chanting, dark North African harmonies, and a wholly original sensibility. - Banning Eyre    Read more ..


KPFK-FM Los Angeles

"A fantastic record...she's really wonderful!  -Betto Arcos


PRI's The World

"A really sensual voice"  -Marco Werman


NPR All things considered World Jazz Picks

How different it sounds is exactly what attracted me to it — she's using Moroccan music with jazz." -Betto Arcos


Randy Weston

During my travel in Morocco I always searched for the traditional music of the people . I heard Berber music in the Rif mountains, the High Atlas and the Sahara, I was truly moved by the beauty of the Berber music and how the music describes the life of the people and their spirituality.

Through the beauty of her voice and the magic of her compositions Malika Zarra reminds us of the musical diversity of our ancestral homeland, Africa.  Close your eyes and listen.


“MOROCCO’S JAZZ JEWEL. Singing in Berber, Moroccan Arabic and French [Malika Zarra] is redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world”


John Zorn

Malika Zarra is a rare and special voice, a natural born musician who sings as easily as we breathe. Her newest CD Berber Taxi is a masterpiece, every track a gem. Filled with creative arrangements, soaring improvisations, beautiful poetry and of course Malika's gorgeous voice, it is one of the most exciting CDs in recent years. A natural blend of her life experiences, it transcends all borders and creates an enchanting new world filled with honesty, imagination, craft, purity, and passion. Malika speaks to us all in a language of love.


 “Malika Zarra, a Moroccan living in the United States, makes her own jazz, a jazz where the darbouka and ‘ud are happily integrated.

Zarra promises to be a pioneer in the advent of an authentic Maghreb jazz.”


Arts Boston

"Moroccan vocalist and world music star, Malika Zarra"


This Moroccan lass honed her craft at home in North Africa, in Paris, and continues to do so in USA. It’s a very impressive CD and should place her in a good position for further “world-jazz” adventures.

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