Name: Zaynab Khadija Wilson
Preferred Art Form: Music
From the age of six, Zaynab was playing and performing the Steelpan with her family band in and around Montreal. At age 14, her curiosity and independence led her to the drums. Interpreting rhythms has always been one of Zaynab's unmistakable strengths and, in many ways, finding the drums helped develop her boundary-less musical exploration from jazz to alternative metal and indie rock, all in addition to the range of music playing through the household sound system, including Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and Toto.
With a Bachelor of Music from Humber College in 2014 specializing on drums, Zaynab is an equally talented percussionist, vocalist and songwriter. A few of her most relatable influences are Brian Blade, a stylistic influence as both drummer and singer-songwriter, and Norah Jones, whose music has been an influence of hers since age 15. Since moving to Toronto in 2009, Zaynab has been performing regularly, supporting a number of local artists as a drummer and percussionist and backing vocalist. As part of her personal and professional development, Zaynab is releasing her new music as a singer-songwriter who may, from time to time, groove out on whatever percussion or drums may be readily available. This works for her creative vision; to tour extensively and collaborate with different artists both here and abroad and grow her sound into a fresh musical experience.