YUNA

You could note a lot of things about Yuna. You might remark on how she has bridged massive success in her native country of Malaysia with impressive critical acclaim from every major music media outlet since arriving in the US in 2009. Couple that with extensive touring and appearances on most major networks, you got the makings of a true international star. You could also focus on the fact that while Yuna was born in the East, she was raised on the voices of strong Western women like Patti Smith, Alanis Morissette, Feist, Gwen Stefani, Tori Amos, and Fiona Apple, and like most modern artists she didn’t wait for fortune to come knocking, but started self-releasing her music to the internet before being discovered. If you want you can look upon her as a symbol of hope and inspiration, a young female Muslim singer-songwriter naturally transcending any cultural tensions people might expect or perceive.

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