Zayn Malik Returns to Stage with Jimi Hendrix’s “Angel” Cover

Zayn Malik releases his version of Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 song “Angel”. The song was released in honor of what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 80th birthday on November 27th.

On November 25th, the former One Direction singer dropped his take on the guitarist’s 1971 song “Angel”, which originally debuted on his posthumous album The Cry of Love. The cover has been approved by the late icon’s team, judging by Jimi’s Instagram page posting a teaser of the song earlier in the week.

Stamp of Approval

According to Billboard, a spokesperson for Experience Hendrix, L. L. C. said: “We are pleased that Zayn has been inspired to use original music from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ in his recording of the song. We’re hopeful that this version of a Hendrix classic will enlighten a new generation of listeners about Jimi’s genius and further propel his continuing legacy.”

The rendition of the song is also an experience Zayn will never forget. Being asked to collaborate to celebrate the late singer’s 80th birthday was “such an unexpected and huge honor”, the star wrote on Instagram.

“I have so much respect and admiration for Jimi, his music and fans. Angel is out now – hope you love the track as much as I do. Happy 80th Jimi,” he added.

Back in Studio

More than 50 years later after Jimi’s passing, the new “Angel” marks a rare music release from Zayn, following his 2021 album Nobody is Listening. He also recently collaborated with Yung Bleu on the number “Fire Inside”.

These days, the singer has been more focused on activism – campaigning for expanded free school meals in the UK and co-parenting his 2-year-old daughter Khai.

Luckily for fans, he could not stay away from music for too long. Listen to his version of “Angel” here.


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