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Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane first caught the attention of world renowned DJ Gilles Peterson on the release of her self- produced EP in 2010 so much so he released her debut album “Until Tomorrow” (and subsequent albums) on his label Brownswood Recordings in 2011. Her second album “If You Knew Her” (2014) saw her blossom as a lyrically conscious songwriter and set her apart as one to watch on the UK Jazz scene. Zara’s impact is reflected in being awarded Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Award (2018 & 2015), Session of the Year at Worldwide Awards (2018), Best Jazz Act at Urban Music Awards (2015) and Best Jazz at MOBO Awards (2014)

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Article: Interview

Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations

Read "Nathaniel Cross: Deep Vibrations" reviewed by Chris May


At the time of writing in summer 2021, there are a number of super-talented musicians on London's alternative jazz scene who deserve far more prominence than they have yet to achieve. Some of these players have been ill-served by their record labels. Others have only recorded as sidepersons. A few have chosen to confine their music-making ...

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Article: Radio

Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2

Read "Tomorrow’s Warriors: the Sound of London, Part 2" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the last hour, we explored the new London scene anchored by a broadly diverse set of players who share encouragement by the innovative educational group Tomorrow's Warriors. We featured music by Nubya Garcia, one of three tenor stars who are breaking out of the scene and in this hour we'll turn our attention to the ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1

Read "Women in Jazz: Fabulous Singing, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


The past decade has been a great one for lovers of jazz singing with most of the exciting music coming from women vocalists. In this hour and the next of Jazz at 100 Today! we'll survey 20 releases from 15 female vocalists who range from the rediscovered vintage jazz of Catherine Russell to the powerful hybrid ...

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Article: Album Review

Soothsayers: We Are Many

Read "We Are Many" reviewed by Chris May


Straddling jazz, Afrobeat, conscious reggae and dub, South London's Soothsayers is among the top ten must-see attractions on Britain's club circuit (on hold for the duration). Soothsayers can make the lame not merely walk, but dance. We Are Many is the band's ninth studio album and it is a superbly well-realized production, up there with an ...

Album

Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

Label: Brownswood Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Everything Is Connected; Black Treasure; My Story, Broken Water; Saltwater; Run Of Your Life; State Of Mind; Native Nomad; Roots Of Freedom; Future Echoes.

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Article: Catching Up With

Zara McFarlane: ritmi e lingue ancestrali

Read "Zara McFarlane: ritmi e lingue ancestrali" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Songs of an Unknown Tongue (Brownswood Recordings) è il quarto album della pluripremiata cantante inglese Zara McFarlane. A tre anni dal precedente Arise (Brownswood, 2017), la cantante compie un'operazione più personale, di ricerca approfondita delle sue radici musicali e culturali. Dopo un viaggio alla ricerca delle sue radici in Giamaica, McFarlane apre il jazz alle influenze ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Zara McFarlane: Ancestral Tongues

Read "Zara McFarlane: Ancestral Tongues" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Songs of An Unknown Tongue is the fourth album by multi-award winning English singer Zara Mcfarlane, released on July 17 on Brownswood Recordings. Three years on from Arise!, also on the Brownswood label, the singer performs a more personal, in-depth exploration of her musical and cultural roots. After a journey in Jamaica, her ancestral motherland, McFarlane ...

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Article: Album Review

Zara McFarlane: Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

Read "Songs Of An Unknown Tongue" reviewed by Chris May


It takes courage for a musician to depart from a successful recipe to the extent that the British singer and songwriter Zara McFarlane does on Songs of An Unknown Tongue. The disc is not a complete shift from the paradigm of her three previous albums, but it is a radical spin on it. ...


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