Zamani
Zamani - Not Alone
https://youtu.be/MeEuf1UMzBk
Region: Nova Scotia
Genre: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Singer-Songwriter

“Her bracing vocals, her smooth presence and her intricate production work belie her young age.” Andrew Patterson, OBEY Convention Festival

This certified quadruple threat Halifax-based artist - writes, produces, and engineers the songs that she sings. Hailing from a musical family, Zamani’s unique style reflects a variety of eclectic musical exposures. Folding inspiration from divas past and present such as - Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Lala Hathaway, Erykah Badu, and Beyonce - Zamani has found a voice all her own. Her expressive vocal phasing, melodic improvisation and rhythmic subtleties, show Zamani’s versatility and instrumental approach to the voice - making live performances an artistic soundscape as she skillfully delivers a unique brand of R&B, Soul, Urban Jazz and Pop compositions exploring themes of self-love, optimism, relationships, identity, and Black girl magic!

Zamani made her first foray into solo performing in 2014 at a church benefit concert. Following that, in 2015 she won the praise of Sharon Jones (Sharon Jones and the Dapp Kings) when the legendary soul singer saw Zamani perform a challenging ballad with her - award winning jazz guitar playing father - at the Halifax TD International Jazz Festival. That performance caught the attention of the local African Nova Scotian Music Association(ANSMA) and earned Zamani a prime spot on the 2016 ANSMA Awards Eastlink Telecast, which opened the floodgates to the East Coast music industry.

Now widely considered a break-out artist, Zamani has performed at world class music events in Europe, the US, Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Just before the pandemic, Zamani made her international debut at the 2019 New Skool Rules Festival in Rotterdam. Later that year she opened for R&B veterans Maya and Genuwine and Pop legends UB40, at the St. Lucia Roots and Soul Festival and ended the year performing in the US at the annual Boston Tree Lighting Concert. Entertainment Reviewer Morgan Mullins described Zamani as “An idol in the making passing amongst her peers with a magnetism that’s propelled her to stages from Rotterdam to Taiwan - and along the way has made fans of the likes of underground hip hop legend Tracey Lee, who asked her to perform on his 2020 album Glory” - Coast Magazine.

Zamani has earned invitations to co-write and collaborate with world class musicians of diverse genres including Grammy award winning Pop/Country songwriter Gordie Sampson (Jesus Take the Wheel); renown Canadian award winning classical pianist Daniel Wnukowski; and US Hip Hop pioneer Tracey Lee (Keep Your Hands High with Notorius BIG). She has been billed alongside London’s Estelle, Jamaica’s Tarrus Riley and has studied voice with Grammy nominated New York jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn. Her awards and recognition are many which include: 2021 ECMA African Canadian Artist of the Year; 2021, ANSMA artist of the Year; the 2020 SOCAN National Young Canadian Songwriters Award for her composition Sway the World; the prestigious TD Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award;2020 ANSMA Rising Star Award; the 2019 Atlantic Film Festival Award (FIN) for Best Atlantic Original Score What’s So Great About Him; the 2019 ANSMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award; the ANSMA Portia White Youth Music Award ANSMA; and the 2017 Jeri Brown Jongleur Youth Performance Award. Her live performances Lush Life; have won her acclaim. Her self-produced video “OUTSIDE” filmed in Ghana, released in 2020 was described by Coast Magazine as an “Erykah Badu-meets-Solange pop-laced track” - and won Best Video/Audience Choice Award at the 10th Annual Emerging Lens Film Festival. -

Despite a raging global pandemic, which changed the landscape for all musicians, the headline across the Arts section of the Coast Magazine boldly declared that “R&B singer-songwriter/producer (Zamani) made 2020 her year” Her numerous virtual and live performance invitations from around the globe including: LucFest Taiwan; East Coast Music Awards GEM TV Broadcast; Bell TV Into The Studio Sessions; Selected as a Brand Ambassador for Jackson Triggs Wines National Emerging Artist Series; Special guest host for National Advance Black Music Collective YouTube Amplify Series; Nova Scotia Sessions; Commissioned to write music for CBC East Coast Music Hour; Halifax’s Urban Folk Festival; ECMA Podcast Series; TD Jazz Evergreen Festival; Toronto’s Honey Jam Showcase; NS International Royal Tattoo; and national finalists for the RBCxMusic First Up; – just to name a few, all confirm Zamani is on track to putting East Coast musical excellence on the international stage. As Zamani continues to catch the attention of music industry influencers while at the same time being a full time university student studying Planning and Architecture - Coast Magazine says of her…..“Soon, Zamani’s international acclaim will mean undeniable fame, both home and world-wide”

NEW RELEASES 2021 New Single: SELFISH - released on all music streaming platforms Summer 2021 Single for CBC Radio: NOT ALONE - Story & the Song Series June 2021 New Video: YOU PEOPLE - Tribute To Viola Desmond Release date December 2021

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES (FALL’21/WINTER ‘22) Zamani and Rose Cousins (Oct ‘21) Nova Scotia International Tattoo (Nov ‘21) Zamani Live @ The Stage @ St. Andrews (Nov ‘21) National Citizenship Ceremony Anthem Singer(Nov ‘21) Music Nova Scotia Live Showcase (Nov’21) Down Home Podcast Series Vancouver (Nov’21) Live @ The Marquee (Dec ‘21) Into The Studio Bell TV Fredericton (Dec’21) Halifax Regional Municipality Annual Christmas @ Parade Square (Dec’21) ST FX University Jazz Series (Jan’22) Hosting 2022 Young Gifted & Black Women in Jazz Series (Feb ’22) Web Site: http://www.zamanifolade.ca/ Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/zamanifolade Facebook Page: http//www.facebook.com/zamanifolade Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpWQkjDtTF-pJ1YTrVV3U0w Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/zamani-folade/1477172509 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4VzV5NSFYJj6gjGtBzpyXX Streaming Platforms: https://ditto.fm/outside-zamani-folade Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/zamanifolade

Video Samples: OUTSIDE : https://youtu.be/wihoc77UU8I SELFISH: https://youtu.be/-xW0694cKyk SWITCHING LANES:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKv-wkA0m88 SUNFLOWER SEEDS:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAFaKTPKr78 VENUS:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kGFKOhH_lE&t=404s LUSH LIFE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOorC3qIPhA&authuser=0

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