Zayn Malik teases posthumous collaboration with Jimi Hendrix

[L-R] Zayn Malik and Jimi Hendrix
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Former One Direction member Zayn Malik is set to release a “collaboration” with late guitar icon Jimi Hendrix, it has been announced.

Little information is available as of yet, though the social media accounts of both artists have posted a teaser video, featuring suspenseful crowd noise followed by Hendrix’s intro electric guitar part to Angel, from his posthumous 1971 album, The Cry of Love.

Hendrix’s vocals have been swapped with Malik’s, though, which feature ever-so-slightly different phrasing to the original track. 

Visually, the clip features both Zayn and Jimi Hendrix’s names in theatrical block letters, which shift in and out of focus, before a white feather falls from the top of the screen to the bottom – likely an ode to the name of the track Zayn has lent his vocals to. Watch it below.

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Like we say, further information surrounding the collaboration is limited – however, it looks set to drop this Friday, November 25, two days before what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 80th birthday. 

Throughout this week at Guitar World, in anticipation of his 80th birthday, we’re celebrating Hendrix’s genius and seismic impact on the guitar community.

Yesterday (November 21), we premiered an exclusive video of Grammy winner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram playing Hendrix classic Red House on the roof of the Hard Rock Hotel in London earlier this year.

Earlier this month, we recalled the incredible story of when Jimi Hendrix met Star Trek sci-fi icon, Spock. And last month, we told the tale of the Fender Rosewood Stratocaster that never made it to Jimi Hendrix.

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar (opens in new tab).