Listen to Jian's chat with Yuna by clicking here or on the listen button, or watch her perform 'Falling' in the window embedded below.
Jian speaks to Yuna
, a wildly popular Malaysian singer-songwriter who's made the move to L.A. with her cultural sensibilities and Muslim values in tow.
Her latest record, Nocturnal
, finds the 27 year old amping up her pop sound with R&B and Malaysian influences.
The law student-turned-musician shares how a Feist performance
turned her on to writing music, why it's easier to write in English than Malay, and how she feels about pop stars like Lady Gaga using the headscarf
for shock value.
Jian describes Yuna as a refreshing voice in a pop music field that tends to favour pre-packaged artists. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)