Zehira Darabid (born on May 10, 1980), known by her artistic name Zaho, is an Algerian R&B singer.
Zehira Darabid was born on May 10, 1980 in Bab Ezzouar in the suburbs of Algiers. She spent her childhood in Algiers until at 18 years old, her family moved to Montréal, Canada. Her father is an executive and her mother a mathematics professor at l'Institut national d'informatique of Algiers. She has a brother and sister.
Zaho learned the guitar when she was seven years old, and very quickly learned the répertoire of Francis Cabrel within 10 years. In 1999, when she emigrated to Montreal, she discovered the world of professional music with its producers and its studios. She was seen with notable names in the French industry such as Idir, Tunisiano and Soprano.
In 2008, she released her debut album titled Dima, meaning Always in Algerian Arabic.
Zaho also has a strong writing background, writing the song "Tout ce temps" for Idir. Upon hearing the song, Idir insisted that she sing the song alongside with him.
In 2008, Zaho represented Algeria in the 2008 MTV EMA's and won the Best African Artist award. She is well known in Algeria, France and French Canada.