Xenia Manasseh’s Debut Album “Love/Hate Pt. 1”: A Journey Through Love’s Rollercoaster

Kenyan Alternative R&B singer-songwriter Xenia Manasseh dropped her debut album, “Love/Hate Pt. 1.” A musical masterpiece that will journey you through the thrilling highs and heartbreaking lows of love. With 11 tracks of raw emotion and soulful melodies, this album is a must-listen from start to finish.


“Love/Hate Pt. 1,” is a poignant exploration of the complexities of love. It expertly weaves together soulful tunes, introspective lyrics, and relatable dilemmas that resonate with listeners on a profound level. Some of the songs in this collection include “Soul Lovers,” “Anticipate,” “Lowkey,” and the album title single, “Love/Hate.”

The “Love/Hate Pt. 1” Storyline

The album opens with “GI’s Intro,” a soft, soulful Swahili song featuring Xenia’s grandfather Manasseh. Their harmonious voices bond over a Swahili composition from the Coast Province, setting the stage for the emotional rollercoaster that follows. “Soul Lovers” follows, capturing Xenia’s yearning for a renewed and balanced love that strikes a chord with many.

As the album progresses, Xenia delves deeper into the multifaceted nature of love. “Late Night Check Up,” featuring American-Nigerian rapper Shalom Dubas, explores deep introspections. “Southwards” with Tay Iwar delves into daydreams about a potentially unsuitable partner.

On the other hand, “Anticipate” showcases Xenia’s vulnerability with haunting vocals from Karun, echoing her concerns about the longevity of a romantic relationship. However, in “Temporary Love,” she finds the courage to express her true desires and overcome anxieties that may have held her back.


The interlude “Cheza Chini” reveals Xenia’s desire to protect the intimacy of her relationship, emphasizing the need for privacy. Further in “Lowkey,” she explores the concept of keeping love discreet, sparking heartfelt conversations about preserving the sanctity of relationships. The captivating journey continues with “Niambie,” where Xenia navigates the complexities of feeling wanted. She further seeks assurance from her partner with the Swahili plea, “Niambie ni mimi” (Tell me I am the one).

“Precious” leads us on a journey of self-discovery as Xenia realizes her self-worth within the relationship, setting boundaries and emphasizing the importance of self-love. Finally, “Love-Hate” concludes the album, leaving listeners eagerly anticipating the next chapter of Xenia Manasseh’s musical journey.

Xenia released the “Love/Hate” track visualizer together with this album. This visualizer offers a glimpse into Xenia’s emotional truth. It drips with sorrow, hope, and an eclectic energy that captivates at every twist and turn. Against a backdrop of lush greenery, the R&B sensation reflects on a brighter future, emphasizing the importance of letting go and looking ahead. Stream “Love/Hate Pt. 1.”

Xeniah Manasseh Speaks On The “Love/Hate Pt. 1” Album

Sharing her thoughts on the album and the newly released visualizer, the “Lowkey” singer states, “Love/Hate is also one of the songs, and I felt that was the song that encompassed all the feelings that are spoken about in the album—the good, the bad, and everything in-between. I try to remember that balance as [a lifeline]. I’m also a Libra, which is the sign of the scale, so I try to see the world through that lens, and I felt like it’s not just representative of the album but also of me. I feel like everything in the album falls under those two words. It’s like a pendulum swing—you’re in and you’re out. When people listen, the title will resonate with them.”

With “Love/Hate Pt. 1,” Xenia Manasseh has crafted an album that captures the essence of love’s highs and lows. This cohesive release invites listeners to connect with the emotions and experiences woven into her soulful music. Furthermore, Xenia’s unique blend of relatable lyrics, lush vocals, and intricate songwriting stands out.


Following the success of her 2019 debut EP, “Fallin’ Apart,” the Berklee College of Music alumnus continues to make waves, captivating a diverse audience with her clarity and tone purity. Xenia’s impeccable track record features successful collaborations. These include the “Maybe” EP with Kenyan producer/artist Ukweli and feature on Sauti Sol’s hit Rhumba Japani among others.

Additionally, Xenia Manasseh is also an esteemed songwriter, with credits on Teyana Taylor’s “The Album” for the songs “Wrong B*tch” and “Shoot It Up” featuring Big Sean. Having gotten recognition from Apple Music as one of Africa’s ‘Ones To Watch’ in 2023 and Spotify’s global EQUAL and RADAR ambassador programs, her star continues to shine.  

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