K.ZIA: Listen to a spiritual and warm experience #GENESIS
There’s no place that brings more excitement about the future of POP/R&B than the European scene. As part of the wave of emerging artists determined to leave a mark through their own unique musical identity stands K.ZIA, Brussels-born singer, songwriter and artistic director.
On February 11th, the Berlin-based singer released her debut album GENESIS, a conceptual body of work in French and English exploring her multifaceted identity through 11 tracks.
« Love is the remedy
We gotta let it flow
Hate is the ennemy
We got the antidote » –K.ZIA, Sanctuary
To lead us through the discovery of her self, K.ZIA opens with ‘Sanctuary‘, introducing her soft harmonies on a pop/r&b beat, as she draws us in her sacred space. It’s a feeling of elevation and internal peace just as portrayed in the stunning visuals accompanying the music. There, K.ZIA is a goddess that embodies light and warmth, and so does her space.
The message is clear: her music is a safe space where love and positivity reign supreme.
A message that is reinforced in the following track ‘Coco‘, where she expresses her gratitude « for the life (she) was gifted« , and how she is « circled by love, focused on (her) cause« . The song is also her debut in French and the introduction of her fierce alter ego.
A fierceness reflected in all the songs in French.
While ‘Mele’ feat. Says’Z explores a more sensual version with afro trap rythms, ‘Privilège’ and ‘Jfmb’ reveal a more masculine energy on trap beats.
This is completed with ‘Commando Fanm’, a pop feminist anthem where she sings in creole and French.
« Time pour les femmes, femmes, femmes
Entières, full-package« – Commando Fanm, K.ZIA feat. Zap Mama
K.ZIA continues with dancing anthems in French with ‘Sans Toi’, a break-up song with zouk undertones that instantly reminds of the current French R&B hits.
What makes this debut album solid and exciting for the Brussels-born singer is the way she managed to translate each part of her alter-egos with a cohesive sound that feels organic and fits perfectly.
Her interlude particularly, ‘igyb’ named after the initials of the following song ‘I Got Your Back’, feels like a pure dose of wellness and warmth that illustrates her loving nature associated with her English alter ego. It’s almost as if she’s simultaneously speaking to herself but also to a friend :
« Hey Beautiful, I want you to know that I see you
It’s okay if you don’t want to talk right now
It’s not just you, we’re all going through a lot right now« -igyb, K.ZIA
Given the global health crisis that’s going on , a lot of people have isolated themselves and maintaing friendship in that context is not easy. Therefore, sometimes we just need to hear « whenever you’re ready to talk, I’m a phone call away« to know that things are right.
This energy is carried though the end of the album with ‘Home’, a R&B anthem with ensemble vocals and rythmed claps, celebrating « all good vibrations« and « sunshine faces« . A proof that ‘Genesis’ is an album that makes you feel good but also makes you dance.
Listen to K.ZIA’s exquisite debut album ‘Genesis’, here.