New & Next: Meet 'World Soul' Singer Wayna

Michael Rowe

The Ethiopian-born American singer describes her sound as "world soul."

Yolanda Sangweni Jan, 31, 2014

Ethiopian-born American singer Wayna describes her eclectic sound as a “blend of international sounds and soul music.” Best known as a hip-hop soul artist (her remake of Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You” earned her a Grammy nod in 2009), Wayna was ready for a musical change for her third album so she called to her cultural heritage to create a sound she describes as “world soul.”

Listen in as she sings “Send It Away” from her current album, The Expats. Let us know if you’re loving Wayna as much as we are.