"Her gentleness and humility in her songs quietens your spirit. When I heard her songs and voice it reminded me of a young Arethra Franklin." ”

— Shellie Morris, indigenous Australian singer/songwriter


Rhythm and melody are woven into her soul fabric, thanks in part to her musically-inclined parents and the family steelpan household-band she was raised in. Zaynab Wilson attunes to her creative and cultural birthright, wandering and evolving as a song and story teller interpreting the ancestral Afro-Caribbean rhythms of her heritage, soulfully vocalizing her wide range of inward and outward journeys and fully exposing her process through live performance.  

With over two decades of artistic evolution as a sensitive, dynamic, and well-rounded musician, which began at age 6 in her family steelpan ensemble, Zaynab continues to gain traction with her soulful voice and original music. Since her 2018 debut, Zaynab has released three singles, performed across Canada, in the US, and Australia, and is preparing a forthcoming debut studio album for 2024 reflecting the stories of a wandering heart.

Press Photos

Photo by Nancy Kim (NSBKIM)

Photo by Nancy Kim (NSBKIM)

Performance highlights

  • Original music project: Kuranda Roots Festival 2021 (AUS), Island Vibe Micro Edition 2021 (AUS), Global Toronto Spotlight Artist 2022 (CAN) 
  • RBC Launchpad Music Entrepreneurship Program participant (2023), Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020) - Recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Residency Grant program 
  • Two-time recipient of FACTOR Artist Development grant (2018/2021); Canada Council for the Arts: Arts Across Canada grant (2022)
  • Support musician: Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hillside Festival (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland)                             


future plans

-Release forthcoming EP in 2024
-Co-facilitate through community music, offering creative and meditative workshops.
-Continue to develop as an artist through residencies, global performances, and artistic collaborations.


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