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Recording Artist & Entrepreneur Yuna

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

Yunalis binti Mat Zara'ai, professionally known as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter and businesswoman. Yuna was born and raised in Kedah and Selangor, she began writing songs at age 14. She soon taught herself to play guitar, and by 2006, in need of a creative outlet while attending law school, performed for an audience for the first time. Yuna made her recorded debut album in Malaysia in 2008 with a self-titled EP, which went on to grab five Malaysian Music Awards nominations (the Malaysian equivalent of the Grammy), where she took home four trophies, including Best New Artist and Best Song. Most recently Yuna released her latest album Chapters, the album features the collaboration from Usher, Jhené Aiko, DJ Premier, & the production duo Fisticuffs. On December 2016, the album was been selected by Billboard in 7th place of its 2016 Critics' Picks for Best R&B Album. During her interview on The Gumbo Pot Podcast she discusses entrepreneurship, her creative process, Malaysian food, and balancing family life.

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