On her fourth - and notably her most creative, studio album the talented Nairobi-based singer/songwriter effortlessly fuses AfroPop, R&B and Afrobeats to create another Pan-African body of work featuring artists and producers from every corner of the African continent.
As illustrated in the accompanying artwork and official press photos Victoria's spirit animal is the Zebra. Though not the king of the jungle the Zebra is definitely very special. Its key attributes includes Balance, Freedom, Individuality, Community, Stamina, Uniqueness and Endurance which is exactly the energy Kimani pulled from in order to complete every aspect of this album.
The story behind the intense journey to create a Pan-Afric/Global sounding album could only have been guided through the spirit and empowered to persevere and push through the day to day African struggles, the global pandemic and life changing lessons, all while dancing through it all.
'SPIRIT ANIMAL' features a host of exciting collaborators. Amongst some key established names it also includes contributions from buzzing newcomers such as Ghana's Kidi who has been topping the charts across the continent with hits such as "Say Cheese" and the tik-toc fan fave, "Touch It", their collaboration "Long Distance" is already a playlist must have.
Nigeria's Bella Shmurda is easily top 5 most exciting new artists in Nigeria and he shuts it down on club banger "Gimme Money". One of Africa's biggest female artists, Yemi Alade, also features on the dancefloor shaking "Spider" . The fun concept of the spider dance came when Yemi Alade was supporting Kimani's Country wide Kenyan tour in 2018. Elsewhere Davido's DMW signed artist Peruzzi features on "I Called" - a nostalgic Afropop classic, fusing Swahili, English and Pidjin. One of Kenya's most popular boybands, H_Art The Band, sweetly serenade in Swahili on "Champion Lover" whilst "Diamonds" features South African rap star Priddy Ugly who offers his untouchable word play to the confidence boosting record. South Africa's undeniable Amapiano wave is also present in "Pole Pole" - where Kimani encourages her fans to take it one day at a time when working towards success. "Roses" features the powerful vocals of renowned Amapiano super-star Lady Du and Bittersoul on the production.
Victoria Kimani soars solo on the sexually healing "Remedy" - be sure to check the lnk further below to watch the music video for the projects' lead-single which showcases her Kikuyu culture through fashion. "Most Wanted" and "Fire Dancer" are also both stand out genre-defining records with massive crossover appeal Kimani's signature R&B and Afro-Pop vibes truly shine here. Throughout the project you really hear how she has allowed her Kenyan heritage to influence the sound direction of this album. The accompanying artwork and visuals further cement this intentional direction..
Victoria Kimani truly continues to put Kenya on the global map with yet another classic body of work.
SPIRIT ANIMAL IS OUT NOW AND AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE.
“Spirit Animal” is distributed by Benin City Entertainment in partnership with AWAL, a Sony Music Entertainment company.
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