“"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
Zaynab Wilson draws from her Canadian-Trinidadian cultural and musical diversity to cultivate a style self-described as soul-folk. The music comes out as a bridging of rhythm, heart stories and soul. Since opening up and releasing as a singer-songwriter in 2018, Zaynab has performed solo across Canada, the USA and now Australia.
Born into a family steelpan band based in Montréal, Zaynab had exposure to influential music and performance experiences including the Montréal International Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs, and international steelpan competitions. This lead to her pursuing a Bachelor of Music from Humber College and over a decade of performing and touring as a drummer, steelpanist and percussionist with artists in Canada, Trinidad, Mexico, Australia, UK and Europe.
Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020)
nookFest, Toronto, Canada (September 2019)
This Is Me Tour: Beaver Island Music Festival; Sidewalk Detroit Canada/US (July/August 2019)
Toronto Jazz Festival - Toronto Blues Fest Talent Search Toronto, Canada (June 2019)
Sofar Sounds Waterloo, CAN (March 2019); Austin, TX (August 2019)
Support Musician at: Woodford Folk Festival Australia, Beaches International Jazz Festival Canada, Hillside Festival Canada, Celtic Connections Scotland
-Releasing an EP by the end of this year and tour it across Canada, Europe, and Australia, ideally performing my music at the Woodford Folk Festival, the following year
-Build a community through my music by doing empowerment and percussion workshops alongside touring; I have already submitted my lyrics for a collaborative workshop involving grade 3 classes in Ontario.
-Raise my frequencies and my musical presence in order to connect with potential artist collaborations including Norah Jones, Emily King, Daniel Ceasar, Leon Bridges, James Vincent McMorrow; each of whom have contributed to my musical inspiration.
-Continue to develop as an artist by exploring finer details of my instrumentation setup, my vocal training and seeking out maestros of the percussion world to train with.