In the last few years, Toronto has become a hotbed for R&B talent, and some of the city’s local artists are leveling up – quickly!
Meet Juno-nominated R&B/soul artist and songwriter Zenesoul. Born in Nigeria and raised in Brampton, Ontario, the singer has already surpassed three million streams on all streaming platforms and has received a lot of praise, primarily for her soulful music, by RxMusic, COMPLEX, Earmilk, Lyrical Lemonade, and CBC q. Her last few singles “Is it Love?”, “Riding” and “Together,” were supported by Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music, as well as several playlists.
On Friday, the singer released her brand new EP Nene, where she taps into her Nigerian roots with a rich blend of Soul, to create a unique Afrosoul sound. “This EP is my way of fusing my African roots and my North American upbringing. I’ve been working on this for a while and wanted to make sure I was genuine with the sound,” said Zenesoul. She also explained the meaning behind the EP’s title and what inspired her to record this latest project. “I decided to give it the title Nene because firstly Nene is my actual name and secondly that is where Zenesoul came from. I simply turned the N in Nene so the side to make a Z. So, I felt using my Nigerian name, which is also part of Zenesoul, was just a perfect name to use as I present my Afrosoul project”, she continues. “I love writing and this project allowed me to challenge myself and to see what I could create by combining my idea of Soul and Afrobeats into one.” Although she does consider herself an R&B artist, Zenesoul is excited to experiment with new sounds.
Just last month, the R&B songstress opened for Sean Paul at HISTORY in Toronto and recently for singer Mario at the Palace Theater in Calgary.
Stream Nene below.
Connect with Zenesoul here.