A Delightfully Bubbly Performance By The Malaysian Songstress ZEE AVI At Downtown LA’s Moroccan Lounge!
Posted On 20 Feb 2018
Bubbly, charismatic and personable are just a few of the many adjectives that come to mind when describing last night’s (Monday, February 19) Zee Avi show at Downtown LA’s Moroccan Lounge. For just over an hour, the singer-songwriter performed tracks off her 2009 debut self-titled album, her 2011 second album “Ghostbird” and a few covers. She also played several brand new songs which will be on her forthcoming self-released third album. (No release date set yet)
When asked about her new music, in a previous interview, Avi explained, “Over the past years, I’ve been exploring with different angles to my sound, voice and story. I’ve never been an artist with a set ‘style’ or genre. I don’t want to be tied to a certain feel because as people, we grow and evolve by the minute. Life is too short to not explore yourself and your growth. That would sum up the philosophy of the album I’m working on. We are all ever-growing, ever-knowing and ever-learning. We are always a ‘work in progress’.”
There is no doubt that the Malaysia-Borneo songstress has quite the following. The venue was packed with her adoring fans and they weren’t shy about letting us all know how much they loved Avi. Throughout the show they called our her name and screamed “I love you,” “you are a a goddess” and much more.
Zee began the show with her crowd favorites, “Poppy,” “Bitter Heart”and “Honey Bee.” In between each of them, she delighted the audience with sweet stories about the meanings behind them and fun banter with fans. In fact, towards the beginning of the show, one woman in the front row gave the performer a hand-written letter!
Then Avi moved on to singing covers; Camera Obscura’s “James,” and Edith Piaf’s “Autumn Leaves.” Both showcased a different style and even language from her which certainly impressed everyone in attendance. Speaking of other languages, she also performed a couple songs in her native Sarawakian Malay, including “Siboh Kitak Nangis” which translates to “Don’t You Cry” and “Kantoi.” Other songs heard during the show were “Concrete Wall,” new track “Armed With Charm,” “Swell Window” and she ended the show with the uplifting and positive new track “OK.”
As her first show in LA in 5 years, it’s very clear how excited Zee is to be back playing her songs again for these fans. Her charming demeanor, lovable energy and effortless talent created an absolutely incredibly sweet night of music.