Canadian-born Zaki Ibrahim's sound could be described as a mix between Sade and Zap Mama with a distinct dance element. In fact, the up-and-coming star, whose father is South African and mother Scottish, mentions Michael Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Bobby McFerrin, Zap Mama and Radiohead as some of her musical icons.
Ibrahim, a South African citizen, was born in Vancouver, Canada, and grew up on Canada’s left coast as well as South Africa’s Western Cape. Now settled in South Africa, Ibrahim has lent her dreamy vocals to a number of local tracks such as DJ Kent's soulful tech tune Sunrise and appears on the new Culoe de Song album Elevation. Culoe also remixed Ansomnia, Ibrahim’s contribution to the soundtrack of Tyler Perry’s film For Colored Girls. The soundtrack features Janelle Monae, Lalah Hathaway and Macy Gray, among others.
Her locally produced ablum, Every Opposite, which transports audiences to new and forgotten territories, was produced by Tiago Correia-Paulo of Tumi and The Volume fame. Together they composed the score for award-winning South African film Otelo Burning. One of Ibrahim’s three songs for the soundtrack, produced by DJ Catalist, is also Every Opposite’s lead single, Something in the Water.
* Watch our video interview with Zaki Ibrahim as she chats to DestinyTV about her new album and her growing success.