Sumi “Resurrect My Independence” (Self-released)

Sumiko Yamazaki, who records as Sumi, grew up in Japan, but moved to the United States in 2004 and now resides in New York. On her recently released debut album, “Resurrect My Independence,” she reflects on her experience existing in the two cultures through her music, singing in both English and Japanese across a roster of eight songs. Along with cowriter Samir Zarif, Yamazaki has created a dramatic first step, one hinting at potential moving forward.

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