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Fusing the art of rhythm and poetry, Zamaera creates beauty in the duality of weaving delicate vocals with eloquent lyricism into the fabric of her identity as an artist. Breaking down the barrier between audience and artist with relatable and engaging music that resonates universally.

Growing up in Malaysia, music flowed through Zamaera’s home from a young age as her obsession led her to pick up guitar and piano lessons.  Never shy behind a microphone, she found solace on stage and performing to an audience. ““My love for poetry began at school and it evolved into songwriting,” says Zamaera. “At 17, I started my journey as a singer-songwriter, recorded the very first demo on my acoustic guitar, and sent it out to a few recording labels. I was thrilled to be offered a contract and signed at 17!”

After being signed, she continued her education abroad in Germany, which shaped and molded her songwriting process. “It spurred a ton of writing on my end,” says Zamaera regarding her time abroad. “It was a way of coping with everything I was experiencing at that time.” Upon returning to Malaysia, Zamaera dove head first into the rap universe of Southeast Asia, studying her favorite artists relentlessly to perfect her art. “I was surrounded by the best that hip-hop in Malaysia had to offer,” says Zamaera. “Joe Flizzow, SonaOne and Aman Ra were Malaysian artists that influenced and fueled my passion for rap. I will be forever grateful and thankful for the role that they’ve played in my journey.”

In 2017, Zamaera independently released her first single “Helly Kelly,” an explosive track to introduce herself to the industry, which took notice and within the same year, she signed an artist development deal with international recording label Lakefront Records. She also released her second single “Wanita” in her native language, which explores the importance of female empowerment.

With two successful singles under her belt, Nike approached Zamaera with an endorsement opportunity. Capitalizing on the momentum of the endorsement, Zamaera dropped her first mixtape titled DontZzOnMe in June of 2018. The SoundCloud release offers ten tracks to showcase her take on Nicki Minaj’s “Chun Li’’ and Drake’s “God’s Plan.” In addition, MTV Asia premiered their reboot of Yo! MTV Raps Cypher, featuring Zamaera among other prominent artists from South East Asia.

Set for international release in October 2018, Zamaera’s debut EP will be accompanied by a South East Asian tour. This 4-track EP features its first single titled “ZvsZ,” which captures her soulful songwriting and hard-pressing rhythm and poetry, a reflection of that artistic duality that pulls listeners into her gravitational energy.

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03.29.19//Zamaera Reflects on Life's Challenges in Savage Debut EP, Z

Zamaera Reflects on Life's Challenges in Savage Debut EP, Z

Malaysian Emcee and Songstress Opens Up With Highly Anticipated EP Release

Los Angeles, CA --- Following the release of her emotional and raw single "Z vs Z," Zamaera proves she is a lyrical rap force to be reckoned with. Zamaera's debut EP, Z, dives further into the young artist's growth and reflection of her own personal relationships and changes over the past few years.  She's gained recognition as one of the hottest female rappers out of Southeast Asia and proves she is ready to take on the world with her riveting and highly anticipated debut EP. Z is now available to stream and download on music platforms worldwide.

Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Z follows a central theme of how we take on life's ever-changing challenges, including the trials and tribulations of heartbreak. "When it comes to growth and progression, I think personal reflection and love stands out the most as a common theme that others can relate to," says Zamaera. "All four songs required me to really think about the changes that occurred within myself over the past few years." Zamaera's song "Truth" off of the EP features a softer poetic R&B flow, while "KMS" (her rendition of the classic "Killing Me Softly") includes a much harder and lyrical hip-hop rhythm. Zamaera's ability to flawlessly transcend mainstream hip-hop norms with her artistic duality in Z validates her place as a one-of-a-kind emerging female rap artist.

The promising emcee worked on the entirety of her EP with producer and pianist Floyd "Timeless" Thomas, a 14-time Billboard-charting producer and musician, alongside The Matt Jones Orchestra. When asked about what she thought the Matt Jones Orchestra brought the record, Zamaera stated, "Hip-hop is not exclusive to digital creations only... classical music lives in everything that we do." Additionally, Zamaera added that the EP is open to the listener's interpretation. "Any underlying message they capture from the music has to be their own."

Zamaera started her professional music career as a singer-songwriter. As she grew personally and musically, her life experiences shaped and molded her love for rhythm and poetry, supporting her already developed talent of songwriting. In 2017, she dropped two singles; "Helly Kelly" and "Wanita," earning her an artist development deal with international recording label Lakefront Records along the way. With two successful singles under her belt, Nike approached her with an endorsement opportunity. Capitalizing on the momentum of the endorsement, Zamaera dropped her first mixtape titled, Don'tZzOnMe. She also secured millions of views and gained a ton of new fans with her captivating performance on MTV Asia's Yo! MTV Raps Cypher. The impressive performance prompted the network to reach out and offer Zamaera a position as host of Yo! MTV Raps for an entire season. Her music has been praised by publications including NYLON,  HipHopDX and EARMILK; the former lauded her track "Z vs. Z" saying the song, "toes the line of lyricism and fine instrumentation as she spits fevered bars over a full-scale orchestra."

Z is available to stream and download on music platforms worldwide. Keep up with Zamaera at Instagram.com/Zamaeraaa.