Written by Ralph Okobz
Posted on August 30, 2022 at 4:17 pm
With his latest single ‘Loving You’ still causing quite the stir across the world, having debuted on the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs Chart, and Apple Music’s Top 100 Chart, and garnered over 5 million plays online in a month, which is testament to his music’s ability to transcend borders and travel across waters, Nigerian rising star and afropiano trailblazer ZINOLEESKY is back with the ultimate summer jam titled “CALL OF DUTY.” Produced by Niphkeys, who has recently worked with the likes of Omah Lay, Naira Marley, Asake and Reekado Banks, ‘Call Of Duty’ continues the hot streak that Zinoleesky has been on all year, as he gears towards the release of his sophomore EP coming this autumn.
The sun-kissed dance floor filler is a glorious fusion of Afrobeats, Amapiano and Electronic Dance Music, in a way that only Zinoleesky can deliver, which is why the Lagos-based artist and musician is revered as one of the frontrunners and trailblazers of the exciting new afropiano subgenre that is taking over the continent with its lush mix of afrobeats and amapiano. As the ‘Call Of Duty’ song title suggests, Zinoleesky has fused his passion for gaming and women together on one record, and as the fast-rising Gen Z talent puts it, “I like girls, I like gaming so I made a song about what I like”.
Emerging as one of the rising stars of afrobeats new class of 2022, Zinoleesky first burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager with a series of viral freestyles that caught the attention of afrobeats royalty including Davido, Kizz Daniels, and Naira Marley, before eventually signing to Naira Marley’s record label, Marlian Music, in 2019, and releasing his acclaimed debut EP in 2020. Now with over 300 million plays online, three Billboard-charting singles, UK support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and KISS Fresh, sold-out shows at the world-renowned Scala in London, and a Headies ‘Next Rated’ award nomination all under his belt, Zinoleesky is staking his claim as one to watch on the global music landscape.