What: World music
Where: Toronto, ON
Toronto’s Zeynep Ozbilen is looking to break down any preconceived notions on what world music can be. She infuses Balkan and Mediterranean influences with modern beats and production, allowing her music to sound both familiar and fresh to the listener.
Ozbilen grew up in Istanbul, where, for more than a decade, she was lead vocalist in the Latin-influenced band The Latin All-Stars. Her most recent solo release is Zee, a 12-track album that showcases Ozbilen’s talent for uniquely combining traditional Turkish songs with energetic jazz and Latin melodies. The album has drawn praise from numerous media outlets, many of which laud her outside-the-box approach to world music.