To attend this Elbphilharmonie concert, reservations must be made in advance.
“The music was always there: roots reggae, rocksteady, ska. It’s a part of me.” Zara McFarlane grew up in London as the daughter of Jamaican immigrants – no surprise, then, that the singer has had a deep affinity for the music of the Caribbean island since she was a small child. Voice and rhythm are the most important elements in the British musician’s music. She studied jazz singing and has recorded albums with young London talents such as Binker and Moses. With her splendid, scintillatingly clear voice, which reminds some of Nina Simone, others of Cassandra Wilson, she blends hypnotic jazz, blues and soul. Elements of calypso, dub and other Caribbean-inspired sounds can also be heard in the music. McFarlane has already been named Singer of the Year by Jazz FM twice. Her songs are deep and intense: definitely not vocal jazz to sip cocktails to.