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Zinoleesky and Naira Marley Drop New Single 'Caro' and Accompanying Visuals

Zinoleesky teams up with Naira Marley in this ode to beautiful women.

Zinoleesky has just dropped his debut track "Caro" under his new record label, Marlian Records.

He teams up with Naira Marley on the fun and upbeat ode to women and love while also dropping the accompanying visuals too.


Listen to "Caro" on Apple Music or Spotify.

In "Caro", the duo seamlessly feeds off of each other's energy as they rap about beautiful women, money and love. Produced by Rexxie, the track is a classic uptempo Afrobeat number with a pretty laid-back rhythm that makes the track itself an easy listen.

The accompanying visuals, produced by Naya, see both artists switching between scenes shot in a hotel room, on the road and even the supermarket. It's a fairly straightforward music video which allows Zinoleesky especially to take the lead and show off his raw talent.

Last year, Naira Marley announced that he was signing new talent to his record label, Marlian Records. The new cohort of artists included Cblvck who's gone on to feature on Naira Marley's 2019 EP Lord of Lamba, MohBad, Fabian Blu and Zinoleesky who became a social media sensation with his Yoruba raps.

Zinoleesky excitedly announced the news of his new record label deal saying, "I want to use the platform to announce my new record label called Marlian Records and it's for you all. Any of you that has talent can come through."

Watch the music video for "Caro" below:

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The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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