“"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
Anchored in rhythm, melody, and matters of the psyche, Zaynab works with her dynamic range of musicality and transmutes stories into songs that “quietens your spirit”. Montréal-born and Trinidadian cultured, Zaynab’s style pulls from the intrinsic upbeat Afro-Caribbean rhythms from her early steelpan performance years, while blending influential singing styles of Billie Holiday, Norah Jones, and the revolutionary message and sound of Bob Marley.
For over two decades, Zaynab has performed as a session musician, singer-songwriter, and facilitator, and received a Bachelor of Music from Humber College in 2014. Since stepping up front as a singer-songwriter in 2018, Zaynab has been performing her original music across Canada, in the USA, and Australia, and released her first single, “Golden”, in March 2020. Zaynab is steadily working through her current body of work, her debut EP Freedom.
- Yonder Festival (2020); Kuranda Roots Festival, Australia (2021)
- Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020) - Recicpient of Canada Council for the Arts Residency Grant program
- This Is Me Tour (Canada/US): Beaver Island Music Festival; Sidewalk Detroit (July/August 2019)
- Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hillside Festival (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland)
-Release debut EP by the end of this year
-Co-create a community through music, offering creative and meditative workshops.
-Connect and collaborate with artists in Australia, UK, Canada and USA
-Continue to develop as an artist through residencies, performances, and artistic collaborations