Meet Yuna (If you haven’t already)
Yunalis Mat Zara’ai, professionally known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter and musician. If you have never listened to Yuna sing before, imagine Amy Winehouse (drug free) meets Sade. Born and raised in Kedah and Selangor, she began writing songs at age 14. Yuna has worked with the likes of Pharrell, Usher, Miguel and Jhene Aiko. She has an eclectic style that is at once stimulating, intriguing, and relaxing. I could listen to her all day and really enjoy her music. she calls her latest album “Chapters”. She has music online dating back as far as 2008. She started her music career online, which means, the tracks on some of her earlier work are a little disjointed. On her latest album, her product is more connected and feels more thematic, which you will enjoy.
Think of her like this
I hesitate to call her a pop star, while she fits more comfortably in the realm of R and B, Smooth Jazz Vocal, or even folk.
“Instead, she’s using her platform to talk about biased beauty standards in Asia and make modest clothes more fashionable. “Racism is everywhere — the older generations in Malaysia still say things like ‘She’s darker-skinned; maybe don’t marry her,’ and it’s very judgmental. A lot of girls do try to get fairness cream to lighten their skin and I’m against all that. Embrace the color of your skin and your own beauty.”
Check out some of my favorites from her here.