Zayn Malik returns to music with cover of Jimi Hendrix’s track Angel

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Zayn Malik makes his return to music with a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 posthumous track Angel in a bid to bring iconic electric guitarist’s music to a new generation

  • Zayn Malik has released a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 posthumous tune Angel to mark the late guitar legend’s 80th birthday
  • The former One Direction star, 29, has been praised by the Hendrix estate, who approved the cover in a bid to bring the Seattle hero’s music to a new generation 
  • Jimi tragically choked on his own vomit and died at the age of just 27 in September 1970, becoming one of the first rock stars to join the cult 27 Club
  • The new track from Zayn marks his first release of 2022 

Zayn Malik has released a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 posthumous tune Angel to mark the late guitar legend’s 80th birthday.

The former One Direction star, 29, has been praised by the Hendrix estate, who approved the cover in a bid to bring the Seattle hero’s music to a new generation.

He even used the original music with Jimi’s guitar to accompany his velvety voice on the track, which is his first release of 2022.

Hitmaker: Zayn Malik, 29, has released a cover of Jimi Hendrix's 1971 posthumous tune Angel to mark the late guitar legend's 80th birthday

Hitmaker: Zayn Malik, 29, has released a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 posthumous tune Angel to mark the late guitar legend’s 80th birthday

Experience Hendrix told Billboard: ‘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.’

Zayn’s new track was released just two days before what would have been Jimi’s 80th birthday on November 27. 

Impressed: The former One Direction star has been praised by the Hendrix estate, who approved the cover in a bid to bring the Seattle hero's music to a new generation (Jimi pictured in 1967)

Impressed: The former One Direction star has been praised by the Hendrix estate, who approved the cover in a bid to bring the Seattle hero’s music to a new generation (Jimi pictured in 1967)

Jimi tragically choked on his own vomit and died at the age of just 27 in September 1970, becoming one of the first rock stars to join the cult 27 Club.

Earlier this year, Jimi was honoured with a new Blue Plaque in London.

The Hard Rock Hotel in Marble Arch was formerly the Cumberland Hotel, the Purple Haze hitmaker’s last residence before his death.

RIP: Jimi tragically choked on his own vomit and died at the age of just 27 in September 1970, becoming one of the first rock stars to join the cult 27 Club (pictured in 1967)

RIP: Jimi tragically choked on his own vomit and died at the age of just 27 in September 1970, becoming one of the first rock stars to join the cult 27 Club (pictured in 1967)

Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix said at the time: I’m so proud of my brother Jimi and his being honoured again in London. 

‘His mission was to spread love across the world through his music, and we continue to see that come to fruition all these years later.’

The first Blue Plaque in his honour was installed at his Mayfair residence – which he lived at between 1968 and 1969 – in 1997.

Last month it emerged Zayn had accepted his first film role in the animated movie 10 Lives, according to Variety

The singer-songwriter has joined a cast featuring Bridgerton actress Simone Ashley and three-time BAFTA winner Mo Gilligan.

Derry Girl’s star Dylan Llewellyn and Sophie Okonedo of Hotel Rwanda fame are also set to voice characters in the new film.

Variety describes 10 Lives as the story of a ‘pampered and selfish cat’ who receives a 10th life after wasting his first nine. 

His new career moves come after he unfollowed his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid on Instagram after rumours began circulating that she was dating Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio.

Movie magic: Last month it emerged Zayn had accepted his first film role in the animated movie 10 Lives

Movie magic: Last month it emerged Zayn had accepted his first film role in the animated movie 10 Lives

Zayn and Gigi split last year after a tumultuous on/off six year relationship. The pair share a two-year-old daughter, Khai.

Whilst Gigi still follows Zayn, the singer now follows just 16 people on his account, many of which are fan accounts dedicated to himself, according to ELLE.

It came after Gigi had been pictured getting close to Leo, 47, at a party in New York City – after the actor ended his four year relationship with Camila Morrone, 25

After the news broke, Zayn appeared to have unfollowed the model as a search on his Instagram revealed ‘no users found’.

Drama: It comes after he unfollowed his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid on Instagram after rumours began circulating that she was dating Leonardo DiCaprio (seen in 2016)

Drama: It comes after he unfollowed his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid on Instagram after rumours began circulating that she was dating Leonardo DiCaprio (seen in 2016)

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