World Premiere First Listen: Wayna doesn't "Wanna Wait"

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    Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian singer/songwriter Wayna first came to our attention a few years ago, and won us over in a big way. And we're anxiously awaiting the October release of her EP, The Expats,  named after the diverse group of international musicians and producers who worked on the project. The album 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.

    Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian singer/songwriter Wayna first came to our attention a few years ago, and won us over in a big way. And we're anxiously awaiting the October release of her EP, The Expats,  named after the diverse group of international musicians and producers who worked on the project. The album 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.

    "I Don't Wanna Wait" is the first single from The Expats and we're glad to be presenting the World Premiere First Listen of it.  from  A sonic blend of Bob Marley, Motown, and golden era Hip Hop, the song is about embracing life and not living on the sidelines. Produced by German beat maker, Fahrot, (also known for his work with Nneka).

    Take a listen to "I Don't Wanna Wait" below and tell us what you think!

    Wayna will be performing in the 11th annual Fest Africa, a 2 day celebration of African Culture and Heritage, Aug 10 and 11th at Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. You can catch her on Sunday August 11.

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