From custodians of the dominant music cultures in Africa, Nigerian musicians have become secondary culture vultures in the continent with the excessive appropriation of the Amapiano sound. While some have given us bland projections of the bouncy sound, others have improvised and proved their creative genius, separating themselves slightly from the think-pieces on unoriginality. Marlian Records’ Zinoleesky is one of them. Late last year, he shared the anthemic Kilofeshe, imbibing the hit single with original twists that set him apart from the herd. This year, he returns with the South Africans in his corner, by way of a Busiswa feature on the remix of the hit single.
Zinoleesky is indeed doing extraordinary things. He opts for an even more mellow tempo as he swaps the spotlight with not only Busiswa on this remix, but Mayorkun, increasing his chances at class transcendence and mainstream domination. The single opens with Zinoleesky leading the pack of industry seniors, creating the perfect path for Mayorkun to land with the witty rhymes we’ve come to love him for. Busiswa shines bright with a closer that finds her massaging the percussion-driven Amapiano instrumental with a hallucinogenic verse that will definitely alter your mind.
With barely two years of experience in circling the industry, Zinoleesky is already taking impressive shortcuts like the Kilofeshe Remix, that is likely to get him to the top faster than we expect.