Xenia Manasseh, Nairobi-born and raised, seems destined to reinvent the Neo-Soul and Jazz landscape, not only in Africa but globally. Unsurprisingly, her melodious aura has been richly influenced by the musical tapestry woven by giants like Erykah Badu, India Arie, and Lauryn Hill. However, Manasseh has artfully borrowed the sonic contours of her influences to create a distinctively new sound, a compelling synthesis of Neo-Soul, Jazz, and her unique African vibe that reverberates throughout her music. Her ability to channel raw emotion into her compositions is uncanny, her vocal performances a haunting echo of the soul’s deepest trenches.
In her latest single, “Temporary Love,” Manasseh’s vision for a universal musical language comes into sharp focus. She weaves a captivating narrative of transient affection with her signature fusion of Jazz and Neo-Soul. It’s both intimate and globally accessible, characterized by her sultry vocals gliding over soulful chords and deft jazz-infused instrumentation. The song is an authenticity masterclass, conveying an undeniable depth that bridges cultural gaps. She has indeed, with “Temporary Love,” made a definitive stride towards achieving her vision of creating music that resonates with a global audience. The world is now not just listening but singing along. “Temporary Love”is featured on Episode 7 of Street Pressure Radio.