Back from the US for a special series of DFP shows, Yuna proved that her music has matured considerably on the big stage. While most artistes have hard knock stories about how they clawed their way into the spotlight, a few find themselves propelled to fame through a little luck, more than a few good fans and a lot of talent. Yunalis Zarai, better known as Yuna, is one of the lucky Myspace singer-songwriters who has grown beyond her beginnings, both in terms of fans and her music style. Back from the United States, where she was recording the beginnings of a sophomore album, she now works on her new album. In the video of Come As You Are, released a few months earlier, Pharrell Williams made a cameo appearance.

Not just a cameo for cameo’s sake, Williams has also been hired as a producer in Yuna’s next album. The US superstar has had a hand in producing five of Yuna’s new songs in Miami. “For me, he’s like a cool teacher. He actually produced the whole song and I’m the lyricist, it’s like co-writing songs. Although he produced it, he was still open to my ideas for the direction of the song,” she said. She said she was still experimenting with her music and would be open to trying new sounds, especially since signing on to the Fader label, which is better known for its hip hop and electronica artistes. “However, I’m absolutely not going to drop my acoustic guitar,” she assured.

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