Editors' pick

YahZarah and Darien Brockington

Funk/soul
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Editorial Review

When YahZarah finally gets music industry accolades as a "new" artist, those of us who have been following her career will applaud, then shake our heads at the omission of years of quality work out of the public eye. This Washington native paid her dues performing with Erykah Badu, then released three solo albums that showed off her diva-quality voice. In college, YahZarah crossed paths with rapping vocalist Phonte Coleman, and their creative partnership is now maturing after a long development period. YahZarah contributed vocals to Coleman's Grammy-nominated Foreign Exchange project, and now they have crafted her most anticipated work to date, "The Ballad of Purple St. James." The coming-out party for this album at Bohemian Caverns also features extended Little Brother/Foreign Exchange family member Darien Brockington.

-- Rhome Anderson