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Wayna

voc, p,
Singer / Musician of R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Woyneab Miraf Wonwossen Woyneab Miraf Wondwossen

It has been said that Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter, Wayna has a voice as pure as it is passionate. Stevie Wonder says "she's incredible." Essence Magazine says "Wayna is one to watch," and Billboard Magazine calls her "a stand out on the indie front." With two Billboard chart-topping singles from her sophomore LP, Higher Ground, and a coveted Grammy nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Category for her remake, “Lovin You (Music)" featuring Kokayi, Wayna's star is on the rise. The remake, which she also co-produced, is a fitting representation of her dynamic vocal style, a blend of Minnie Riperton, Lauryn Hill, and Billie Holiday. "The Expats" is the third and latest project(EP) from this innovative artist. The 6 songs extended play features a Toronto-based backing band and production team hailing from various parts of the world -- Ethiopia to Japan, Isreal to India, Germany to Jamaica -- and draws from diverse musical influences to create a unique blend of African and Reggae-inspired soul, fused with classic and alternative rock -- Sade and the Police meets Lauryn Hill and Radiohead.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
Popular Tracks   
Home on Higher Ground by Wayna
The Hennessy Joint on Random Joints & Instrumentals by Kev Brown
Desperation Days (feat. Theodros Tadesse) on Moments of Clarity, Book I by Wayna
Secret Identity on Moments of Clarity, Book I by Wayna
Mama's Sacrifice on Moments of Clarity, Book I by Wayna
Close to You F. Kenn Starr on Higher Ground by Wayna
Daydream on Higher Ground by Wayna
Loving You (Music) F. Kokayi on Higher Ground by Wayna
My Love on Higher Ground by Wayna
Send It Away on The Expats by Wayna

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Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Higher GroundWayna2008Album
Moments Of Clarity, Book 1Wayna2004Album
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