MOBO Awards winner Zara McFarlane to perform in HCMC this weekend

By Khanh An, Thanh Nien News

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Zara McFarlane, winner of Music of Black Origin Awards, will perform in Ho Chi Minh City on October 11. Photo credit: British Council Zara McFarlane, winner of Music of Black Origin Awards, will perform in Ho Chi Minh City on October 11. Photo credit: British Council

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MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards winner Zara McFarlane will perform at Sen Hong outdoor stage at the September 23 Park in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on October 11, according to the British Council Vietnam.
Singer Thao Trang, known for her powerful voice and strong on-stage personality, and Bich Ngoc, the emerging talent discovered by Vietnam Idol 2015, will also perform in the event scheduled at 8 p.m. with free entrance.
Zara, born in Dagenham in the UK, is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues.
Her debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, was garlanded with rave reviews and a MOBO award nomination, and heralded a major new talent in the world of British jazz.
It was commended by the Daily Telegraph as “the most interesting jazz singer to appear in years” while the New York Times was impressed with her music, describing it as, “serene, post-folk, post-soul, mystical.”
The follow-up, 2014’s If You Knew Her, is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences – from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.
Zara has recently won the best jazz act at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, alongside winners in other categories Sam Smith, Jesse J and Beyonce.
She’s performing at gigs and major festivals around the globe, has teaching workshops in vocals and improvisation around Britain and Europe and she’s continuing to writing her own songs.

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