“Her bracing vocals, her smooth presence and her intricate production work belie her young age.” Andrew Patterson, OBEY Convention Festival, Halifax.
This award winning singer, songwriter, producer is impacting the East Coast music scene while just entering university. Zamani made her first foray into solo performing in 2014 at a church benefit concert. Following that, in 2015, she received praise from the late Sharon Jones after the veteran vocalist caught Zamani’s performance on stage with her father at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival. Hailing from a musical family -– her mother an ECMA award-winning songwriter and Black folk music vocalist, her father an ECMA award winning smooth jazz guitarist, Zamani’s unique style reflects a lifetime of eclectic musical exposures. Folding inspiration from divas past and present such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Natalie Cole, India Arie, Jill Scott Eyrika Badu, Mariah Carey and Beyonce - Zamani has found a voice all her own. She skillfully delivers her own brand of R&B, Soul, Urban Jazz and Pop with original compositions which explore themes of self-love, female identity, relationships, social marginalization and optimism.
Already considered a break-out artist, Zamani has performed at world class music events in Europe, the US and Caribbean. Her Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube releases have been highly praised and her sultry sophisticated stage presence lauded. In 2019 Zamani made her first international appearances performing at New Skool Rules Festival in Rotterdam. In August of that year she opened for R&B veterans Maya and Genuwine and Pop artist UB40, at the St. Lucia Roots and Soul Festival. She ended the year on a high note performing to an audience of more than 10,000 at the annual Boston Tree Lighting. Her local performance credits include everything from The East Coast Music Awards, Nova Scotia Music Week, Halifax Pop Explosion, The TD Jazz Festival to the Halifax Natal Day Concert on the Commons, Emerging Lens Film Festival, and the Halifax Waterfront Festival. She has collaborated with local favorites such as: Gordie Sampson, T. Thomason, Ria Mae, Los Primos, Harmz, and Jeff Goodspeed. She has appeared on CBC Radio, Global TV, and ATV; and has been featured in the Dalhousie Gazette, Metro News and the cover of Coast Magazine.
Since storming the scene Zamani has been duly recognized for her artistry. In 2018 she received ANSMA’s Portia White Youth Music Award and the Jongleur Youth Arts Award. In 2019 she won ANSMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award for her self-titled EP Mix Tape. In July 2019 Zamani won the prestigious TD Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award; In September 2019 Zamani won the Atlantic Film Festival Award (FIN) for Best Atlantic Original Score and in February 2020 Zamani won the ANSMA Rising Star Award. Now with several recordings released to Soundcloud, two performance music videos released to YouTube (“Switchin Lanes” and “Lush Life”) an R&B EP released to Spotify and Apple Music, a new recording project in the works for 2020, and upcoming performances in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Montreal and Toronto, Zamani continues to catch the attention of music industry influencers and is on track to putting Nova Scotian musical excellence on the world stage!