South African/Canadian Zaki Ibrahim is a globally distinguished singer, songwriter and producer known for making music that defies any one genre.
The two-time Polaris Music Prize nominee (2013 Shortlist and 2018 Longlist), and Juno Award-nominated artist has come up as one of Canada’s hip hop and soul icons. Her works have lived comfortably in the art world, broken through as South African house music anthems, and have been featured in several film + TV placements (Suits, For Coloured Girls, Othello Burning) .
Alongside three EPs and two mixtapes, she has opened for Erykah Badu, Saul Williams, The Roots, and has been lauded for her innovation and creative vision in her collaborations and co-writes with the Hyperdub family, Okzharp, and Young Fathers. Since the release of her first full length album, Every Opposite (2013), Zaki Ibrahim has given the world snippets of her artistic prowess. The 4-track Red Bull Studios Cape Town Orbit EP (2016) - with accompanying sci-fi planetarium art installation performances marked the onset of Zaki Ibrahim’s next musical saga. The last five years have been authentically nomadic, whether headlining Spring Festival Series in Cairo and Beirut, playing debut release shows in Berlin blissfully pregnant, or working with jazz legends such as Mulatu Astatke's musical director Abegasu Shiota at African Jazz Village in Ethiopia, noting both literally and symbolically that her relevance as an artist is solid and that she has only just begun.
Zaki Ibrahim’s much anticipated, second full length album – The Secret Life of Planets – was independently released in 2018. Taking a five-month sabbatical in South Africa immediately afterward, she insisted on “letting it do its thing”, she has now returned to Canada as a home base for family, and sets out on her first ever world headlining tour.
“The music itself is futuristic soul at its best, blending retro R&B vibes with electronic production that will take you out of this world.” -Afropunk
“Zaki Ibrahim has gathered new methods, sounds, and communities, recombining old ideas to make something all her own. This analog/digital, past/future, sensory/tactical approach to music-making is her hallmark....Try, but it’s very difficult to pick a favorite patch of sound from the Planets’ 13 tracks, her best album to date.” -Pitchfork