The track marks Malik’s first official release of 2022
Zayn Malik is paying homage to one of music’s greatest. On Friday, the R&B singer launched into rock ‘n’ roll with the release of “Angel”, a cover of the jimi hendrix song, coinciding with the late legend’s 80th birthday.
Opening with of Hendrix signature guitar, Malik’s powerful voice comes to sing the track released as part of the icon’s posthumous album The cry of love LP. (Hendrix recorded the original song a few months before his death.)
Hendrix’s estate has invited the British star to ‘create a new take on the classic song’ while using original music by Hendrix – who died on September 18, 1970 aged 27 – to celebrate his birthday.
“We are thrilled that Zayn was inspired to use the original music from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ in his recording of the song,” said Experience Hendrix, the musician’s estate. Billboard. “We hope this take on a Hendrix classic will enlighten a new generation of listeners to Jimi’s genius and further propel his continuing legacy.”
The Hendrix cover is Malik’s first release this year, after releasing his album nobody listens and “To Begin Again”, his collaboration with Ingrid Michaelson last year.
Although he had no official releases this year, he posted himself singing the 2014 One Direction song “Night Changes” on his Instagram. The song marked Zayn’s final single with the band before he left, appearing on their final five-piece album, ironically titled Four.