Zara McFarlane – Backyard Tales

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When a research expedition for a developing theatre production took vocalist Zara McFarlane to Jamaica, the country of her ancestral origins, that island's native music took on ever greater significance in her soundworld. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to McFarlane about the importance of her West Indian heritage, the driving force behind the singer's latest collection, Arise, and her ongoing attempts to meld Jamaican and jazz cultures into a new, personalised, vision

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