For awhile the singer was one of those artists I felt like I should be familiar with, but never had the chance to get into her music. Her name kept popping up and I knew the Malaysian talent was making waves in the industry, but I didn’t discover why until recently.
Everything about Yuna from her look to her sound goes against the grain and that’s what I love about her. Her music is an airy but soulful blend of acoustics, R&B, and pop. Her style is her own modestly chic blend, showcasing some of the avant-garde trends in the Malaysian Islamic community.
After Hollie Cook from the U.K. opened the show with her funky, alternative reggae sound, Yuna’s band warmed things up a bit and she gracefully appeared on the stage in white wide-legged pants, a sequined top and one of her signature head wraps. Outfit alone, she had me.
Then she kicked off things with a flawless performance of “Falling” which got everyone amped. Her organic voice echoed throughout the venue and her band intensified things with a heavy bass filled rendition. She continued with more fan favorites from her latest EP Nocturnal including “Someone Who Can,” “Mountains” and “Rescue”.
What stands out most about Yuna actually seems to be the most understated thing about the artist. The focus has been on her music, and that’s what’s up. Yet there’s no denying that her presence and growing success as a Muslim woman is a statement that raw talent and unique style can bring success in an industry still flooded with so much of the opposite. Props to Yuna, for a dope show and not being afraid to bring something refreshingly out of the norm.
article by Shahida Muhammad