Zāna’s musical career is very young, but she already shows signs of having the necessary skill to ensure staying power in an increasingly competitive world. Her latest single in the “gypsy pop” vein, a genre melding elements of Latin music with Arabic leanings, “Nah” is a natural progression from her previous single “Call Ya” and exhibits the sort of evolution we would expect from first rate talents. She couples this with an obvious penchant for working with all the right people – the production for her latest track courtesy of LEFTI and the team she assembled to film the song’s accompanying video understand the talent they are working with and know how to frame her talents accordingly. It is a rare instance when the stars appear to align, but even a single listen to this track indicates how this is no happy accident. Zāna’s rise to prominence feels preordained.
The track feels that way too. There’s never any feeling it being overly constructed or thought out. Instead, “Nah” comes at listeners with a cool simmer despite the subject matter of a woman beset on all sides by men who want nothing more than to have her sexually. She, at one point, flatly states she isn’t going to be their one night stand – in the age of #metoo, this is a track that feels like it has uncanny timing, but I think it is more of a natural outgrowth of her experiences in a male dominated world that all too rarely respects a woman’s body and view it as more a toy to satisfy male desires. Zāna isn’t having any of it however. Instead, she takes a stand, never raising her voice, but making her intentions and boundaries clear for any listener.
The chorus is one of the song’s most undeniable high points. She sings the chorus, with its insistent refrain, with the same cool remove characterizing her performance on the whole and it has a strong hook that sticks with listeners long after the song is over. It isn’t a cheap moment – every part of this song has genuine musical value. The guitar has an exotic touch and the light pulse of percussion has a light Latin influence without ever laying it on too thick. Instead, it gives the track a seamless heartbeat that carries listeners throughout the entirety of the tune.
The video is an important component in the song’s presentation. Zāna’s penchant for choosing excellent collaborators extends to this song as well – she is well served by excellent direction, a strong supporting cast of actors and actresses, and even a strong sense of humor that the song’s lyrics lack to a certain extent. It is difficult, if not impossible, to dislike this song. Zāna may be very early on in her career, but she comes across as a singular performer who has the ability to bring listeners into the reality of her life and seduces them into staying. You end up hoping you can stay here forever. I can’t wait to hear what she does next.
by Bethany Page