Why doesn’t more dance music feature singers who can actually sing? LEGENDS, the debut album from Renée Zawawi, doesn’t make that mistake. Zawawi’s voice is smooth and sassy, shaking its hips across a series of danceable world beats. This album recalls Madonna’s Ray of Light, a sweet, sharp example of what dance music can be when it showcases a talented vocalist.
Zawawi’s story is almost as compelling as her music. Abducted from her Philadelphia home at a young age, she spent years away from her family before finally finding her way back. Her songs reflect that uncertain foundation, shimmying their way through styles with the ease of a well-traveled woman.
This is a smart, fun first album from an artist worth watching. Check it out if you like dance music that’s less edgy and more thoughtful.
Favorite Track: “American Girrrl”