Posts Tagged ‘Zaki Ibrahim’

Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite (Album + Video)

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Zaki Ibrahim, a Canadian-born singer and songwriter, has been on the independent music scene for quite sometime. Having previously released two EPs, Eclectica in Purple and being featured on the Spoek Mathambo‘s “Don’t Mean to Be Rude” single, earned her quite a bit of acclaim, receiving a Juno Award nomination in 2009 for Best R&B Artist on the King Britt remix of her track “Money,” from Eclectica in Purple (hear it here). Partnering with producer Tiago Correia-Paulo, they provided the soundtrack for South African film Otelo Burning.

Now with her debut album Every Opposite, we are given a complete fusion of all that makes Ibrahim — pop, indi, soul, hip hop, and afro beat sounds. Produced by Tiago Correia-Paulo, Kenyan producer Wawesh, South London production team LV, and Canadian-Ghanaian Rich Kidd, they offer sounds that fit Ibrahim’s vocal aesthetic perfectly. If we had to compare Ibrahim to any particular artist, it would have to be Esthero, as there is no one style to define them; they are chameleons who push beyond whatever style they caress, while uniquely remaining themselves.

Every Opposite is a mixture of sounds, with Zaki’s vocals complimenting every track lusciously. What makes this album a sensory treat is not knowing the direction it may take you, and being submersed by journey.

Below is the video for the second single off the album, “The Do.” Check it out, then head over to Bandcamp to  hear and purchase a copy of Ibrahim’s debut well done!


Zaki Ibrahim – “Eclectica (Episodes In Purple)” (Audio)

Friday, June 5th, 2009

zaki-ibrahimI will admit to being late to the water with this young lady, who ended up my in-box and I’m mad I was sleeping. Think cool blends between Sade and Esthero where Zaki Ibrahim‘s style has that edge and grit which takes from soul, rap, electronica, Brazilian, afro and broken beat, and her strong vocals weave between each genre effortlessly. Eclectica (Episodes in Purple) is her second EP, and should gain a ton of acclaim in the US and the UK. “Love-Like” with its atmospheric introduction is produced by Canadian producer Nick Holder where he brings water sounds created with the Rainstick and with Zaki’s vocals, they both create something that is ancestral. On the remix of “Money,” King Britt sprinkles his afro beat magic star dusk and Zaki’s jazzy yet emotional wails continue the tribal themes apparent on the EP; I can’t get enough of it. Check out the songs below.

“Love-Like” from Eclectica (Episodes In Purple)

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