Zamani Music Singer, Songwriter, Producer


Just 17 years old, Zamani’s singing has been described as captivating, satiny-soulful and refreshingly pure! Zamani skillfully arranges, produces and writes original musical works and will release her debut EP in fall 2018. Greatly inspired by the soul, jazz and pop divas of this era, Zamani lists India Aire, Jill Scott, Amel Larrieux, Natalie Cole, Solange, Mariah Carey, Betty Carter, and Lalah Hathaway - among her many musical influences.

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 musical style reflects a lifetime of eclectic musical exposures.

Showcase Nov 25, 2017

Zamani’s first foray into performing began with an invitation to perform at the popular For the Love of God Concert produced by Corey Adams (son of local jazz hero Bucky Adams) in 2014 and 2015 where she both surprised and wowed the audience with her mature sound. However, it was her debut jazz performance at the prestigious Halifax TD International Jazz Festival that quickly established her as a jazz and R&B balladeer. Her performance won the attention, praise and compliments of TD Jazz Fest headliner Sharon Jones - the powerhouse vocalist of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

In 2016, Zamani was presented as a featured performer at the 18th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Awards where she sang to critical acclaim thus establishing herself as a “rising star”. One year later she was named co-recipient of the 2018 ANSMA Portia White Youth Award along with a nomination for Emerging Artist. That same month Zamani received the Jongleur Youth Arts Performance Award. As a vocalist with Jeff Goodspeed’s Cuban music ensemble Preston Primos Zamani made her jazz performance debut at Halifax’s premiere jazz club - Stayner’s in November 2017 – proving her capability in the jazz as well as R&B genre.


Showcase Nov 25, 2017

As Zamani’s repertoire of original R&B compositions has grown so too has the demand for her live performances. What began as modest school, community, church and all ages showcases has grown into professional performances at the Rebecca Cohn - opening for the Nova Scotia Mass Choir annual MLK The Dream Continues Concert; The ANSMA Lift Every Voice Showcase; The Reeny Smith Facebook Live Christmas Concert; The 8th Annual Emerging Lens Festival; Halifax May Works Festival; TD International Jazz Festival; Global TV Breakfast Show; ATV Live at Five; the ANSMA Awards; In My Soul - African Nova Scotian Songwriters Circle; In February 2018 Zamani headlined the inaugural Young Gifted and Black Youth Jazz Music Showcase at Stayner’s Pub; and recently performed at the 2018 ECMA all ages Showcase.

collaborations & Songwriting

Creating music that is expressive, compelling and relevant is what allows Zamani to attract an eclectic and diverse audience. A unique talent displaying compositional versatility, Zamani places song writing at the core of her triad of musical gifts – along with her sultry vocal delivery and captivating stage presence. For one young woman and a laptop Zamani creates a performance with a far-reaching sound attributable to her brilliant lyrics and well-placed instrumentation that she literally curates into passionately produced original songs. Zamani was a surprise special guest songwriter at the 2017 African Nova Scotian Songwriters Circle and was invited back in 2018 after receiving overwhelming rave reviews. This earned Zamani a featured role at the 2018 Halifax May Works Festival Songwriters Circle.

As a collaborator Zamani has successfully worked with many esteemed local musicians including: Owen Lee, Shawn Downey, Harvi Millar, Cindi Cain, Silvio Pupo, and JR Smith. She is a frequent collaborator with the Preston Primos jazz ensemble lead by local jazz icon Jeff Goodspeed and Cuban vocal master Augusto Enriquez. Most recently, she collaborated with Jayden Austin and Shay Pitts at the 2017 NSMW all ages showcase. In addition the three collaborated on writing and producing a dynamic hip hop track and follow-up video “Switchin Lanes” which features Zamani on lead vocals. The video was released on YouTube in June 2018. Zamani’s duet vocal collaborations with singer Amariah Bernard Washington landed the pair the prestigious ANSMA Portia White Youth Award and a Jongleur Youth Arts Performance Award in 2018. In March 2019 Zamani will co-host a concert in collaboration with 16 year old rising guitar star Logan Richard of PEI.

Summary of Performance Credits

Music Industry Performances

Music Industry Performances,TD International Jazz Festival Halifax, The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s) All Ages Showcase, Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) Showcase Artist, Youth Arts Connection Youth Music Showcase, Emerge Music Festival, Dead of Winter Music Festival, Stayner’s Jazz Club, 18th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Awards, ANSMA Natal Day Festival, Lift Every Voice Concert & Showcase (ANSMA), Preston Primos Annual Showcase: The Jeff Goodspeed Youth Jazz Band;, Viola Desmond The Musical - World Premiere, Halifax May Works Festival, Young Gifted & Black Youth Music Showcase, Nova Scotia Mass Choir Annual Martin Luther King Concert, Sankofa: Annual African Nova Scotian Songwriters Circle, Eastlink TV ANSMA Awards Show, Global TV The Morning Show, CTV Live at Five, Reeny Smith Facebook Live Christmas Concert, Patchwork House Concerts

Community & Institutional Performances

Viola Desmond Tribute Concert North End Business Association & Music Nova Scotia, Teens Now Talk Youth Expo, For the Love of God Concert, African Heritage Month Opening Night Ceremonies, Emerging Lens Film Festival, Shelburne Black Loyalists Festival, All African Peoples Conference Music Showcase, Accra Ghana, African United Baptist Association Youth Conference, African United Baptist Association Annual Association Service, Black Educators Association Annual Spelling Bee, Public Service Alliance Canada African Heritage Month Celebrations, New Horizons(formerly Cornwallis) Baptist Church Youth Praise Service, NSHCC Restorative Inquiry Community Symposium, Imhotep Legacy Program Annual Banquet, Citadel High School Annual Student Showcase, Cherry Brook Lake Loon Education Committee Annual Youth Conference, Black Educators Association Annual Professional Development Conference, Scotia’s Got Talent Benefit ANSA Office - African Youth Governance Conference

Switchin' Lanes

Featuring, Jayden Austin, Zamani & Shay Pitts

Zamani on Soundcloud

Upcoming activities for 2018 include the launch of Zamani’s debut EP; the release of the single and video Switchin Lanes in collaboration with Shay Pitts and Jayden Austin; featured performer at the Halifax Natal Day Concert on the Halifax Commons; and a video shoot for her debut single I Got You – all in time to officially launch Zamani into the Nova Scotia urban music scene.

Dead of Winter Festival January 24th, 2019 Alterego’s

Halifax Pop Explosion: October 20th, 2018 Paul O’Regan Hall, 5440 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax

8th Annual Halifax Youth Expo: November 13 & 14, 2018; Halifax Forum Civic Centre. 2901 Windsor St., Halifax

The Viola Desmond Musical (Principle Role): November 22, 2018 Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St.,Halifax

Viola Desmond Tribute Concert. November 24, 2018; Marquee Ballroom 2037, Gottingen St., Halifax

Orchestrated Neighbours Concert - Nova Scotia Music Week & Symphony Nova Scotia Spring 2019; Date TBA


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Harvey Millar

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