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Zamani and Cockblock Director Tamar Dina at the 2019 FIN Awards

Singer, songwriter, producer – Zamani won the 2019 Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN) Award for Best Atlantic Original Score. The winning score “What’s So Great About Him” was written for a ten minute short film titled Cockblock,  directed by Halifax filmmaker Tamar Dina and stars musicians/actors Kirsten Olivia Taylor and Samm Reid, along with actor Ryan Willis.   The award was announced and presented at the Linda Joy Media Arts Society FIN Awards Luncheon on September 19th, 2019.  This award comes on the heels of Zamani’s recent success in capturing the 2019 TD International Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award receiving a $3000 cash prize from Stingray Music.

Zamani began singing with her family at community events at age 12.  Versed in many Black music genres, Zamani became inspired to expand her repertoire of R&B, Urban Jazz and Pop after receiving praise from the late veteran vocalist Sharon Jones who caught her performance- while then only 14 – with her jazz guitarist father Harvi Millar at the TD Halifax International Jazz Festival. In 2018 Zamani received ANSMA’s Portia White Youth Music Award and the Jongleur Youth Arts Award. In 2018 she received ANSMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and released her first self-titled EP Mix Tape shortly after.  In 2019 Zamani mae her first international appearances performing at New Skool Rules Festival in Rotterdam, and opening for R&B veterans Maya and Genuwine and Pop artist UB40, at the Caribbean Roots and Soul Festival in St. Lucia.

Recently nominated for two 2019 Nova Scotia Music Awards  –  Pop Artist of the Year and African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year –  Zamani continues to catch the attention of music industry influencers both locally and internationally and is poised to breakout!

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Performance Dates 2019

Dead of Winter Festival

January 24, 2019


2193 Gottingen St, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Pop Explosion

October 20th, 2018 

Paul O’Regan Hall

5440 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax

Nova Scotia Music Week

November 2nd, 2019

Nova Scotia

8th Halifax Youth Expo

November 13 & 14, 2018

Halifax Forum Civic Centre

2901 Windsor St., Halifax

The Viola Desmond Musical

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

Nova Scotia




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Featuring: Jayden Austin, Zamani & Shay Pitts

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.

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