"[Zaynab] create[s] a nice vibe with space to breathe — and take it in! It's an underappreciated skill to back off a little to let people in. Especially attractive from a sonic standpoint in intimate venues" - Jeff Karoub, singer-songwriter and creator of Coming Home to Music house concerts
A Montréal-born Trinidadian-Canadian, Zaynab Wilson brings a wealth of cultural and musical diversity to her sound which draws from her Caribbean roots mixed with folk, her heart and soul. The Live video EP (2018) is the debut to her emergence as a singer-songwriter and showcases Zaynab is her most comfortable and natural state as a performer.
Zaynab grew up in a large family of musicians, specializing on Steelpan, and got an early start to the life of an artist. Being the youngest of the lot of six children, the formula was already set by the time she was six. Zaynab was performing throughout Eastern Canada with her family, the Von-Trapps of Steelpan, and gaining invaluable life lessons. Now, in addition to steelpan, Zaynab has grown into a sensitive, dynamic and well-rounded musician and is an equally talented percussionist, vocalist, songwriter and drummer, holding a drum-major degree from Humber College. Over the years, Zaynab has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of local and international artists including Lorraine Klaasen, Alysha Brilla, Jason Wilson, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and Pee Wee Ellis, and performed at notable festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Hillside Festival (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). She has independently toured her original music on both Canadian coasts in 2018 and, continuing with the flow in 2019, will be releasing her first studio EP, touring North American and remaining open to the possibilities and opportunities that will meld her worlds of community-bridging, music, education, and travel.
When she isn’t performing, Zaynab runs music workshops at various schools within the multiple school boards in Ontario. Her workshops are delivered using steelpan, percussion or band instruments with the goal being more than learning repertoire. Her workshops run in schools with higher numbers of newcomers to Canada, for groups with special learning abilities, as part of health and wellness conferences and for overall team building and strengthening of non-verbal communication where necessary. You can find out more about these mobile workshops here