her Story

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 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.

Performance Highlights

  •  Yonder Festival (2020); Kuranda Roots Festival, Australia (2021), Island Vibe Micro Edition (2021)
  • Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020) - Recicpient of Canada Council for the Arts Residency Grant program
  • Two-time recipient of FACTOR Artist Development grant (2018/2021)
  • Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hillside Festival (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland)