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First Listen: Zahira – Mystic One

Roots music meets pop appeal in “Mystic One,” the latest single from Canadian-born Zahira. Joining forces with backing band Rising Buffalo Tribe, this new offering from the soulful songstress drives listeners to recognize their personal truth with an open heart. With a heavy lean toward Rastafari, “Mystic One” displays a songwriter striving to express her spiritual essence and beliefs, while maintaining a high degree of listenability.

Propelling this accessible sound is the top-shelf production found on “Mystic One.” Recorded at Grammy-nominated B-Side Studios in Portland, OR under the guidance of producer Avi Brown (Stephen Marley, Bill Kreutzmann, Soulstice) and later mixed and mastered in Spain  by Henry Sarmiento (Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Tower of Power), Zahira’s new single carries her audience into a well-balanced soundscape, with thick vocal harmonies and synth pads washing over the listener, leaving them cleansed and open to the message.

Relaying personal convictions to an audience puts anyone in a place of vulnerability. Knowing your inner truth is one thing, but having the courage to openly express this truth is what defines an individual with a message. In Zahira’s “Mystic One,” the rising roots artist wears her devotion on her sleeve, revealing a message of faith and perseverance targeted to inspire the masses.

Pre-order your copy of Zahira’s latest release, “Mystic One,” available across all digital outlets Friday, July 27.


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Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja.

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