feature: singer zaki ibrahim’s bold, bizarre and unconventional artistic expression

May 9, 2014

If you’re an indie music fan, you should definitely get acquainted with rising vocalist Zaki Ibrahim! The South African-Canadian singer/songwriter brings new flavor to soul music with her majestic voice, dope style and eclectic instrumentals. In 2012, she released her third album Every Opposite, creating timeless and inimitable sound with producer Tiago Correia-Paul.

By Margot Harris, AFROPUNK Contributor

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In the mid-2000’s Zaki moved to Toronto to pursue her dreams and soon became popular in the city’s live music community. Following her more international recognition, the songstress was granted the opportunity to open for Erykah Badu. Some of her accomplishments include being nominated for a Juno Award in 2009 and having her song “Ansomnia” featured on the ‘For Colored Girls’ film soundtrack in 2010.
Most of Ibrahim’s music is equipped with fast paced up-tempo beats with a hint of house and tribal instrumentals that make you want to dance, but it’s apparent that her main goal is for listeners to tune into her lyrics and exceptional production.

The diversity in her music gives us a taste of a blend of genres. She’s able to envelop R&B sound, jazz instrumentals and even squeeze in some hip hop tenor. Every song is different, which makes her album worth a thorough listen.