Yunalis Zarai, popularly known as Yuna, and one of Malaysia’s most popular artists, showcased her love for music when she launched the first Spotify Session in Kuala Lumpur on May 30. It was the first Spotify Session in Asia.
Yuna performed a total of four tracks from Nocturnal, her latest album. The four tracks were “Rescue”, “I Want You Back”, “Mountains” and “Falling”. There was also a cover “Hold On, We’re Going Home: by Drake.
Yuna, hailing from Alor Setar, has made a lot of progress since she uploaded her music for the first time on her MySpace account while she was a law student. Although she now lives in Los Angeles, Yuna has maintained her fidelity to Malaysian culture through music – an elegant organic mix of R&B, folk and pop. The singer describes her music as a fusion of Coldplay and Mary Poppins.
Yuna has collaborated with a number of famous pop artists like Pharell Williams and holds the distinction of performing alongside legends like Jack White and Florence and the Machine. She shuttles regularly between America and Asia, and recently performed concerts in the regions. Yuna had an extremely successful US tour in the beginning of 2014.
Connecting with fans
The singer-songwriter claims to constantly search for ways by which she can connect with fans back in Malaysia through music. She said that Spotify has transformed the manner by which she discovered and listened to music, and therefore the recording of the first Asian Spotify session gave her a huge thrill. She is hopeful that others will have just as much fun listening to her compositions as she had playing it.
Sunita Kaur, Director responsible for Spotify Asia said that her company is well acquainted with both international and local artists. She added that there were Spotify Sessions with international musicians like Mumford and Sons, Franz Ferdinand and Band of Horses among a number of others.
Watch Yuna’s ‘Rescue’ music video
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