Zinoleesky is one of the new wave Nigerian artistes that have grabbed the bull by its horns and are working to take afrobeats culture to the next level. Signed to Naira Marley’s Marlian Music, Zino balances English, Yoruba and Pidgin English in a way that preserves his culture and creates an idea of what he’s saying to people who do not understand Yoruba. After multiple hit singles, he has delivered this EP, ‘Grit and Lust’.
The first song on the album, ‘Personal’, embodies the hustle culture of most young Nigerians, and the struggle to make it big in an economy as harsh as Nigeria’s at the moment. And with St. Valentine’s day coming, ‘Odinaka’ is an anthem for lovebirds. He is guided by a simplistic Pop beat to pass this message across to the listeners.
Being one of the very first prominent artists to integrate Amapiano into Nigerian Pop, it’s not surprising to see the inclusion of Amapiano beats in this EP with a song like ‘Rocking’. It doesn’t discredit the range that Zino provides in this EP as he makes sure not to conform only to the style that made him famous.
‘Many Roads’ with Arya Starr is a song that shows how accommodating Zinoleesky’s sound can be to a feature. His ‘Call Of Duty’ record catches the ears instantly with its infectious beat that Zinoleesky uses to relate his obligations to his love. In addition, the music video by Ahmed Mosh adds spice to the track with themes from the video game.
Having harnessed strategic features with Omah Lay and Ayra Starr, and with four years of experience in his bag, Zinoleesky is well on his way to cementing his place in the industry and we certainly love to see it!
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