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What Is A Yuzzum In The Book Of Boba Fett?

This article contains mild spoilers for "The Book of Boba Fett" episode "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"

One particularly cool thing about the "Star Wars" Disney+ shows is that while they take place in the same continuity as the Skywalker Saga and the major events of the movies, their comparatively small scale and down-to-planet approach means fans get a closer look at the everyday life on the various planets in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. 

"The Book of Boba Fett" focuses on the titular former bounty hunter's (Temuera Morrison) new life as the supreme crime lord of Tatooine, so its main characters' everyday life is rather less rustic than, say, the wandering life of "The Mandalorian" star Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal). Still, the show features plenty of Tatooine's common folks, and a great many fun references to the planet's culture and habits. One of these is Chapter 4's offhand remark about "singing like a Yuzzum," which seems to make complete sense to everyone involved, but may very well baffle all but the most dedicated "Star Wars" aficionados. Let's take a look at what, exactly, is a Yuzzum. 

A Yuzzum really can sing

Per Wookieepedia, Yuzzums are a furry species from the same moon of Endor the cuddly Ewoks hail from. Long-limbed and cartoonish, they're somewhat less pleasing to the eye than the "Return of the Jedi" stars. However, they're far and away more pleasant to the ear — at least, if singer Joh Yozwa is anything to go by. 

Yowza enters the "Star Wars" canon in the Special Edition of "Return of the Jedi," and he has been known to work with the band of the iconic Max Rebo, who makes an appearance in "The Book of Boba Fett" Chapter 1. Though all Yuzzums have impressive pipes, it's possible that the "singing like a Yuzzum" comment is a direct reference to Yozwa, whose tenure with Tatooine's greatest musical group means he's likely the best-known Yuzzum vocalist on the planet. Unfortunately, his legacy makes the turn of phrase somewhat ambivalent. After all, while Yozwa's vocal stylings were dearly beloved by the late Jabba the Hutt, many of his underlings disliked his singing.