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  • Writer's pictureMajid Alhusseini

Meet Zii, the region's up and coming R&B star.

Yemen-born, Saudi-based Sudanese artist Ziyad Al Zaki AKA Zii, is a rising r&b recording artist, who is setting the standard for quality when it comes to r&b music in the region. Zii has been influenced by his father’s love for music and the cultural diversity surrounding him from a young age. His incredible voice and ability to deliver impeccable vocals mixed with top tier production that Brij ENT brings to the table, result in a captivating sound that is sure to leave you impressed. ZII is definitely a talent you want to keep your eye on as he is set to be at the forefront of the R&B genre in the region.

-What was your first introduction to music?

Me being a child while sitting with my dad, not knowing what he’s listening to, but it just sounded so good, it was a mix of a lot of cultures and genres.

-When did you discover that you had a talent for singing?

The story began when I was an 8 year old kid in school reciting Quran in class, then going home listening to some of my dad’s cassettes alone. That’s how I knew I had the vocals.

-Who were your musical inspirations growing up?

They range from Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, to Sharhabeel “one of sudan’s jazz legends”. I also got introduced to Usher, Maria Carey and Boys II Men when it came to R&B.

-When did you record your first song and what was that process like?

I linked up with Saud Al Turki “Founder of Brij Entertainment” ,to have the first meeting/session in 2019 and we created the first song in that session titled “Here With Me."

-When did you decide that you wanted turn your music artistry into a career?

I wasn’t actually thinking of taking it seriously, until some of my friends who really believed in my talent convinced me to take it further. Then, I started making YouTube mashups with them, then I started doing live shows and eventually I moved on to making my own music.

-Coming from a diverse background, do you feel that your diversity contributes to your creativity?

Of course it does, in so many ways. Especially when it comes to the melodies or kind of sounds, it definitely plays a big part in my music making process.

-What is your favorite song of yours so far and why?

I honestly like all of my tracks equally but I have a certain feeling towards 2 of my unreleased songs “like before” & “look into my eyes”, they simply represented what I was going through emotionally and mentally at the time.

-With the Saudi music scene opening up and your recent signing with Brij Entertainment, where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

With god’s will, I definitely see me and my Brij family doing shows overseas, showcasing our culture and creating a bridge between the Middle East and the rest of the world…

-From the beginning of your journey up until now, what are the 3 most important things you’ve learned?

I definitely must say,

consistency, hard work and believing in myself and the people around me.

-You have any releases we should look out for?

Yes, I have song coming out, it’s called I REMEMBER. It’s gonna be a single dropping very soon along with a music video.

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