Songs We Love: Mizan, ’7 Billion (NPR)

Raised in Ethiopia and relocated to New York, Mizan Kidanu has been playing piano since she was seven; it and her voice are the only elements that make up "7 Billion." Her EP "Dark Blue" comes out Nov. 6. (NPR)

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By Kiana Fitzgerald

If you backtrack through the few songs Mizan has on her SoundCloud page or YouTube profile, you get the sense that she’s not in this to become famous, or a pop star, or an idol. She doesn’t sing about money or lust. She doesn’t lip sync in her videos, nor does she frolic in made-up alternate universes. And her latest offering, the contemplative “7 Billion,” is no different.

Raised in Ethiopia and relocated to New York, Mizan Kidanu has been playing piano since she was seven; it and her voice are the only elements that make up “7 Billion.” She hits the same somber keys time and time again, laying down a simple, chilling foundation so she can get something off her chest: “I’m the center of my world, but 7 billion have a say,” she sings. “7 billion have a heart, 7 billion find a way.”

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