Top TV Song Last Week: Zanzibar by Kamaliza

Ginny & Georgia dropped it’s second season, with 10 episodes, on Netflix on January 5, 2023. Immediately, the returning Netflix original series jumped onto Tunefind’s trending music chart in multiple spots. As of last week, this popular mother/daughter dramedy claimed 9 out of 10 spots on the Tunefind trending chart. Last week’s most popular song is by an artist and producer from Western Sydney Australia. 

Zanzibar by Kamaliza


by Kamaliza

from Ginny & Georgia Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 3 · What Are You Playing at, Little Girl?

Ginny is debating what to text Marcus.

‘Zanzibar’ is heard about halfway through the third episode of season 2. A titular character, Ginny (played by Antonia Gentry) is having a moment that most viewers can relate to when she is debating on how best to respond to a text. Her anxiety is palpable on screen as she types, deletes, types something else, and deletes it again. The contemporary R&B track drops in softly and adds a layer of ease to Ginny’s indecision. The melody of ‘Zanzibar’ emotionally supports Ginny’s anxious thoughts.

‘Zanzibar’ is a great example of how a great song or needle drop can tether to the emotional journey of a character.” – Jen Ross, Ginny & Georgia Music Supervisor, season 2

Antonia Gentry as Ginny in season 2 of Ginny & Georgia

Tunefind spoke with the Ginny & Georgia season 2 music supervisor, Jen Ross, about the popularity of this season’s song choices. “It has been wonderful to see how Season 2 of Ginny & Georgia has been trending since its recent release,” said Ross. Jen Ross continued stating, “Given that music as a whole is such a big part of the tonal and narrative fabric, it’s especially great to see how the music has connected with audiences. To that end ‘Zanzibar’ is a great example of how a great song or needle drop can tether to the emotional journey of a character.” Ross explained, “For this specific use it emotionally elevates the weight of anxiety that Ginny is grappling with.” 

‘Zanzibar’ was released in July 2017 and currently boasts over 10 million streams on Spotify. Kamaliza, born Kamaliza John Salamba, has been making music since he was 11 years old, in Penrith, a suburb of Western Sydney. A self-taught musician, Kamaliza has advanced to the point of creating all of his own music, including writing, producing, mixing, and singing. He’s developed a sound that combines electronic R&B/Soul and UK Garage influences and covers a wide range of topics such as his friends, family, and the neighborhood.

Kamaliza has created and released music as a part of Olympic Ayres from 2011 to 2020. Olympic Ayres has received placements in series such as 13 Reasons Why, Are You The One?, and Recovery Road.

From left to right: Aaron Bannie and Kamaliza Salamba of Night Tales

Kamaliza joined forces with Aaron Bannie, aka Third Floor, a UK-born/Aussie citizen,  for a brand new project called Night Tales. The duo released their debut album Proof in October 2022. “At the forefront of what we do is human emotion,” Night Tales shared on Insomniac. They continued by saying, “We’re inspired by everyday life, particularly personal relationships. People are at the core of what we do.” 

The sync placement in Ginny & Georgia is Kamaliza’s first solo appearance on Tunefind. 


〉Listen now: Zanzibar by Kamaliza

〉More music by Kamaliza

〉Full list of songs featured in the Ginny & Georgia soundtrack

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