History was created on a chilly Thursday night in Toronto as fans lined up in anticipation to see the beautiful Malaysian singer, Yuna, perform at Tattoo. A sold-out concert perfected the ultimate Canadian welcome for the singer’s first time visiting.

As doors opened, crowds of friends greeted each other with warm smiles and hugs. The intimate venue was dimly lit and the dance floor became quickly packed with people enjoying old school, feel good music from Luther Vandross, Prince and Candi Staton.

The band made its way onto the stage and commanded the crowd’s attention just by the member’s stage presence. Yuna walked onto the stage minutes later wearing a black maxi skirt paired up with a loose, glittery black cardigan and a touch of colour added by her hot pink head wrap.

As she stared into the crowd, she started off her performance by singing “Falling” from her new album Nocturnal. Blaring drums, fine tuned piano keys and a well stringed guitar — all the instruments were played in harmony as Yuna sang. After a couple of songs, she stopped singing, looked the crowd in utter amazement and gently introduced herself.

Although she appeared fragile and timid, her strength came out through the messages embedded in her songs. For example, “Lights and Camera” conveyed the importance of recognizing one’s self worth and not letting material things define one’s character. She also showed her instrumental versatility by playing the guitar and the ukulele. The fans pulled out their phones to capture two favourite songs of the night, “I Wanna Go” and “Lullabies”.

Words By. Moreblessing Munangwa + Photos By. Candace Nyaomi