The Arabic Bazaar
Zein's Dance Studio
Zein Al-Jundi was born and raised in Damascus, Syria.
She began singing professionally at the early age of five and, over the
next 12 years, became a household name on Syria's radio and TV channels
as well as concert halls.
Upon finishing high school, she chose to leave the music world behind
and pursue and college education in the US. She attended the University
of Texas at Austin, where she still resides, and received an
undergraduate degree in Architecture and completed the coarse work of a
masters in Urban Design.
Discovering it was a passion that didn't die in spite of years of not
singing, Zein made the decision to go back to her music, which has since
taken more of a center stage in her life and what occupies her time.
November of 2004 marked the release of her first CD,
Traditional Songs from Syria
on ARC Music. It was recorded
in Cairo, Egypt with Hossam Ramzy,
Her latest CD, Sharrafouni has just been
released on her independent label, WMD Productions Music. It was
recorded mainly in Beirut, Lebanon and in Damascus, Syria as well as
Cairo Egypt with Zein herself as artistic and executive producer.
Michel Fadel (of LBC's Star
Academy and world class pianist and composer/arranger) arranged the
majority of the songs on the CD. Ralph El
Khoury (of The REG Project) did most of the mixing and sound
engineering. Other people Zein was honored to work with on this CD
include, Tareq Abou Jawdeh, Elia Nasser,
Andre Hajj, Tony Ja'ja', Tony
Barrak, Ali Mazbouh, Tony Haddad and more. Sharrafouni is also Zein's
debut as a composer & song writer.
In addition to her music, Zein is also the owner of
The Arabic Bazaar &
Zein's Dance Studio that are located in Austin
TX. The first being an import business and retail store of hand-crafted
beautiful treasures from Syria, Egypt & Morocco.....the second in the
school where she teaches her Bellydance classes. WMD Productions is the
umbrella that covers all of Zein's projects and the company thru which
she produces her events of Arabic music and dance including her own live
music shows, the Arabic Hafleh and Austin's Arabian Nights.