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About Zaki Ibrahim:
Zaki Ibrahim’s music is captivating and vibrant. It’s thick with poetics, and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and humor. It comes from knowing a struggle, though it’s never really about struggle, having been shaped by the diversity of her apartheid-era hometown and household, where the lessons of Islam fed into discussions of Buddhism, Sufi philosophies courted drums, and Scottish folk songs intertwined with a rich, epic ancestral history.
Her unique position means that the diversity she enjoys in her family household carries through to community of collaborators she now calls friends. She has worked with producers like King Britt, DJ Spinna, John Robinson, DJ Center (Giant Step), Richard the Third, LV, and Nick Holder. She has also shared the stage with Erykah Badu, DJ Fresh, Saul Williams, Tumi and the Volume, and K’Naan.
Ibrahim, who was named 2009's best artist by Toronto’s NOW magazine, and received a Juno nod for the song "Money," from her EP Eclectica: Episodes in Purple, which she released and toured in both South Africa and the US. She also opened a highly anticipated performance by Mos Def at the International Jazz Festival in Cape Town.