Zayn covers Jimi Hendrix's 'Angel'

Zayn brings Jimi Hendrix's 'Angel' to new generations of listeners.

Zayn Malik is releasing a cover of Jimi Hendrix's 'Angel' to mark the late guitar legend's 80th birthday.

This new version of 'Angel' uses the original Jimi Hendrix signature guitar sound from the original song and combines it with Malik's soulful voice.

The timbre of the former One Direction singer's voice blends comfortably with the 70s atmosphere and breathes new life into the song.

'Angel' is a song from Jimi Hendrix's posthumous album 'The Cry Of Love' released in 1971.

A representative of Experience Hendrix, the company charged with managing the name, image and 100% of Jimi Hendrix's musical legacy, spoke to Billboard about the collaboration with Zayn.

"We are delighted that Zayn was inspired to use original music from Jimi Hendrix's 'Angel' in the recording of his song," it said.

"We hope this new version of a classic Hendrix song will enlighten a new generation of listeners to Jimi's genius and further promote his ongoing legacy," he added in a statement.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, USA on November 27, 1942 and started playing guitar at the age of 15. His career as a guitarist really only started in 1966, when he moved to England and started playing with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

He then released three albums with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Are You Experienced' (1967), 'Axis: Bold As Love' (1967) and 'Electric Ladyland' (1968), before releasing his final album in 1970, the live album "Band of Gypsys".

Jimi Hendrix died aged 27 on 18 September 1970. He was honored posthumously with numerous awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

He was also named the "greatest guitarist of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine, which in 2015 wrote: "Jimi Hendrix shattered our idea of ​​what rock music could be: he handled the guitar, the drums, the studio and the scene".

As for Zayn, this is his first release of the year. In January 2021, he released his third solo album, 'Nobody Is Listening', which reached No. 17 of the United Kingdom.