Zikai press photo wearing an olive green outfit
Photo by Julia Sixtensson

Zikai covers Paul Simon’s 1986 hit single, entitled, “You Can Call Me Al”

Zikai is a talented singer-songwriter from Stockholm, Sweden. Not too long ago, she released a stripped-down and spherical version of Paul Simon’s 1986 hit single, entitled, “You Can Call Me Al,” produced by Tobias Frelin (The Priest) and Anton Hård Af Segerstad via Northbound/Warner Music Sweden.

Zikai – “You Can Call Me Al” single

“I was eight years old when I first heard ‘You Can Call Me Al.’ My mom used to listen to it at home a lot and I clearly remember that she said it was recorded in South Africa. I didn’t understand the lyrics but stuck to the melody. 15 years later, I’m in the studio with producer, The Priest, and without thinking about it, I start singing – you can call me al – even though I haven’t heard it in so many years. Then I thought it must mean something, so we decided to do our own version of it.” – Zikai explained

For Zikai, and so many others who grew up in the ‘90s, “You Can Call Me Al” reflects childhood. Unlike the original version – which is about a man with a middle-aged crisis – Zikai is just at the beginning of a promising career.

‘You Can Call Me Al’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies that will resonate well with fans of Paul Simon, Daniela Rathana, and Sabina Ddumba. The methodically forward tune possesses guitar-laden instrumentation flavored with an indie-pop aroma. Furthermore, “You Can Call Me Al” follows mildly on the heels of Zakai’s “Stay This Way” single with JIM OUMA (featuring Kes Kross) and “Champagne For Breakfast.”


Zikai press photo wearing an olive green outfit
Photo by Julia Sixtensson

In 2019, Zikai released her debut single, “Mountain Peak,” and got attention in her native Sweden and internationally. Shortly afterward, national radio (P3) awarded her with a “Future Artist” award. The following year, she released her debut EP, entitled, MAKE YOU MINE. The project was followed by the acclaimed single, “Twenty Something,” combined with a Talkshow on YouTube with the same name. The year ended with a nomination, “Rookie of the Year,” at the Denniz Pop Awards. Also, a TV performance at SVT’s Tolvslaget.

2021 began with another live performance at SVT’s På Spåret and a nomination for the GAFFA prize in the category, “Breakthrough of the Year.”

“You Can Call Me Al” single

Zikai - “You Can Call Me Al” song cover art

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