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ZAIA's Debut Album 'Butterflies' Released to Huge Success


Oxford's prominent dub reggae band ZAIA's debut album - Butterflies - was released last week to critical acclaim and success. The album, launched at a packed-out show at Oxford's famous live venue The Bullingdon, received positive criticism from the press, including The Norwich Radical, Nightshift Magazine and the Oxford Times.

Writing in The Norwich Radical, Rowan Gavin and Liam Hawkes referred to the album as a "brilliant slice of simple summer listening that you won't tire of", and a "fascinating and infectious summertime record." These sentiments were echoed in the Oxford Times Soundbites column and a feature in Nightshift, which described Butterflies as "a near perfect Summer album."

Buoyant from their success, the album release has been followed by a flurry of live shows across the UK, including a headline slot at the Common People Festival's Uncommon Stage, a show in Reading's Oakford Social Club, and a forthcoming set at the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston, London.

Since forming in late 2013, ZAIA have been a regular feature of the UK music scene, having shared a stage with prominent reggae acts Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Macka B and Gentleman's Dub Club. Influenced by the likes of Chronixx and Protoje, but with a soul, folk and rock twist, their sound has been described as "phenomenally slick" by Nightshift Magazine and consisting of "deep, danceable, dubwise grooves" by Count Skylarkin. Their songs Dark Days and Fire in My Heart have also been featured on David Rodigan's BBC 1Xtra show.

ZAIA's debut album can be pre-ordered on CD or as a download on ZAIA's offical website: It is also available on Spotify, Amazon, i-Tunes, Google Play and Deezer.

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