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Meet Zaida Cobb

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaida Cobb.

Zaida, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was always drawn to music and the arts. I started playing violin when I was six and at age nine, I began to write songs. One day my Mom brought home a diary for me, but it felt somewhat foreign and corny just plainly writing down my feelings on a piece of paper. So instead, I wrote out everything in song. For some reason, it just felt way easier to express myself that way. I also felt like I had room to be free and creative, it was therapeutic for me. That’s pretty much what triggered my love for songwriting.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ohh it’s been everything but smooth lol. I can’t say that I don’t love the process though, because I do. I love the journey.

Being not only a women, but an African Woman in this industry definitely makes it a little harder to maneuver sometimes. Most of the struggles I deal with derive from men not respecting me and my craft the same way they would respect my male counterparts. I’ve had engineers refuse to send me my songs, I’ve had people flake on me, I’ve been ignored and overlooked, I’ve been denied access to my own demos by labels, I’ve been sexualized by producers I’ve worked with, I’ve been sold dreams and more. But nonetheless, I am still grateful for every single experience. Whether positive or negative, because they’ve helped shape me. I’ve learned how to move and how to demand my respect.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a songwriter and artist. I specialize in curating vibes that other artists can take and make their own. I am a storyteller.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Hmm, that’s a good question. I’ve been blessed to be able to have such a great childhood, but I would say my favorite memory was when my little brother, Zaire was born. I was the only child for so long, and I was so happy to finally have someone else to keep me company.

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Arthur Davis and Jayshawn.

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