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She may be relatively new to the game, but Zikii's sound is mature.

24 January 2020 | Art and Entertainment

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Up-and-coming Afro-pop artist Zikizee Hangero, better known as Zikii, shines on her debut album Spread The Love, which is dominated by matters of the heart.

Conscious and ambitious, Zikii composes an excellent blend of Afro-pop and R&B sounds with sharp, modern writing full of soul and passion, yet vividly presented through strong musicianship.

Zikii’s voice and persona are endearing in ways not often found, let alone in a young performer. She is an example of an independent artist stepping out on her own, sounding fresh and bold, and this adds up to an extremely satisfying musical treat.

Released at the end of last year, Spread The Love breathes new life into the Afro-pop genre. This album features tracks that are socially aware and simultaneously catchy, which is testament to the strength of the album.

Embrace Yourself is the celebrating-yourself anthem of the album. It's so catchy that it'll be on repeat in your head for the next week, which can't be bad for your self-esteem.

On Kanangui (This Person), the singer warns against the people we let into our lives who don’t have good intentions, those who are ready to celebrate our downfalls. This track counsels that sometimes you just need to embrace following your own path, and do away with the negativity that might come from past relationships.

There's something really powerful in celebrating life and declaring that you deserve better. Iimunduuandje is the song for these moments. It’s perfect for those dark days when you're your own worst enemy and you need to shake off some negativity. By the time the chorus hits, you'll be in full-blown purification mode.

With minimal effort, on Old School Love, Zikii impressively delivers the kind of love that is rare. The kind of love that still makes you tingle when that special someone touches you. The rhythm of the tune sets a slow and hypnotic pace, pulling the listener in.

Rituapehi is honest when it comes to love – Zikii won’t surrender until she and bae give it another chance and make things work.

How Do They Feel pays tribute to fallen heroes and heroines and questions whether they wish us well or are laughing at us. She asks for mercy on Forgive Me, and this one will ease you into feeling better, knowing that God will ride with you, irrespective of your situation.

At first listen, the album might sound like another old-fashioned Afro-pop offering, but the more you listen, the more complex it becomes.

The album is available online and from Itunua Mbasuva at 085 6453083.

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