INTERVIEW: Zaki Ibrahim w/ OkayAfrica.com

rez | Interviews | Monday, July 30th, 2012

Zaki chops it up with OkayAfrica.com about her identity, her early musical influences, Every Opposite and more! Get caught up with Zaki below mang! Her album and video for “The Do” are both available online (below).

There’s something about Canadian-born South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim that resists rigid classification; a refusal to be inhibited by the world. Her recent acclaimed LP, Every Opposite, is “plural in its reach”, fingering an encyclopaedia of influences from hip-hop to indie to soul. The result is an incredibly captivating record and the timbre of Zaki’s voice is spellbinding. We caught up with her to talk about life, influences and her first full length release.

Okayafrica: Your identity, much like your music, is mesmerizingly elastic. You’ve got roots on both sides of the Atlantic (Canada and South Africa). Tell us a bit about your upbringing and how you see your place in the world.

Zaki Ibrahim: I wouldn’t call my identity elastic, but rather diverse. There is no stretching or bouncing but rather finding ways to fit it all into the rest of the world, in bits and pieces. It is all that I am made of and I am a product of all of it. As I’m growing up, as most people do, I feel like I’m becoming increasingly more comfortable in my skin. I feel less and less alien in the places I live and more a global citizen.

I was born and raised free, thanks to my parents who came from worlds that were less than that. I was encouraged to remain free and promote the concept in every sense of the term. I hope to challenge and celebrate this “gift” in my music wherever I can.

OKA: When did your life in music begin and who were some of your early influences?

Zaki: My early influences were my older cousins and brothers and sisters who were into their stuff like house music, hip hop, kwaito, pop, Prince, Sheila E, Anita Baker and so on. My father pushed hip-hop on me like it was a tool that would later save my life. He also played Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendricks, Tom Waits and Carol King at full tilt on the regular. I suppose the music that was enjoyed around me, influenced what I would later be drawn to, so basically most music.

The political, Pan-African mentality that was instilled throughout my up-bringing, provided content for the ever justice seeking and freedom fighting themes in my songs and with my mother being a poetic soul and grammar fanatic, I have always tried to steer clear of being too literal or forceful with my views so I often choose love songs to say it all.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Previous: VIDEO: Zaki Ibrahim “Heartbeat” (Live on Expresso)

Previous: NEW ALBUM: Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite

Previous: NEW VIDEO: Zaki Ibrahim – The Do (Directed by Christian Denslow)

VIDEO: JellyTooFly (Freestyle @ Lambadina Lounge)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Monday, July 30th, 2012

JellyTooFly goes acapella for about 28 bars during a performance @ Lambadina Lounge.

Her upcoming project – “King” – drops August 14th.

www.JellyToofly.com
www.twitter.com/jellytoofly

Previously: NEW VIDEO: JellyTooFly “The Shinin’” (Directed by Fully Loaded Films)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: JellyTooFly – Callin’ Out Names

VIDEO: Melanie Fiona (Interview w/ The New York Post)

Ty Harper | Interviews,Music,Video | Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Ms. Fiona chops it up about Sam Cooke, Jay-Z, judging an American Idol-styled talent show, Rihanna/Chris Brown + explains “Khari-bhana” to some uppity dudes at The New York Post.

Previously: VIDEO: Melanie Fiona Live @ The 2012 BET Awards

NEW VIDEO: Kardinal Offishall & Nottz Raw – Mr. Parker feat. Shi Wisdom

rez | Video | Friday, July 27th, 2012

Nice way to start the day. Offishall viz for “Mr. Parker” featuring Shi. Shouts to EVERYONE in this video man. And to Kardi for bringing everyone together. A.M.T.R.I.M. available now.

Enjoy. Remember. Reflect. Relate. Re-live. Realize. Re-invent. Kardinal and Nottz (on the beat) link up with Shi Wisdom to bring you “Mr.Parker”. A song about growing up and living with the challenges of an education system that is built for “us” to fail (or atleast having it be very difficult to succeed). With little encouragement, many of us have overcome and beat the system, no thanx to “Mr.Parker”. Enjoy. Remember. Reflect. Relate. Re-live. Realize. Re-invent. (Special appearances by Lu Breeze, Solitair aka Silver, A Game, Burd, NVS, Kreesha Turner, Trixx, RepJA.com and others!)

Previous: NEW MUSIC: KARDINAL OFFISHALL – THINKING BOUT YOU X BASSLINE X BLACK BOND (FREESTYLES)

Previous: NEW MUSIC: JAMAICA 50TH ALL-STARS – JUMP FOR JAMAICA FEAT. KARDINAL OFFISHALL, BEENIE MAN, KREESHA TURNER, MARCIA GRIFFITHS AND MORE…

NEW VIDEO: Imperial (of Point Blank) “Ummm” (Directed by Steve Carty)

Ty Harper | Music,Video | Friday, July 27th, 2012

Directed by Steve Carty.

Meditate with IMPERIAL to the Hard Drums and Melodic Chants of “UMMM” – the first single off the H.I.T.M. compilation album titled:

“STILL BREATHING”

Available for FREE Download SUMMER 2012.

@HITMENT @TILTROCK

Shouts to Jalani on the philosophical cameo.

www.moneyovermurder.com

www.soundcloud.com/imperialmusic/father-figure

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Imperial (of Point Blank) feat. Brother J “Father Figure”

NEW VIDEO: Mega “Soul Of A Hustler” (Directed by Donny Iceburg)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music,Video | Friday, July 27th, 2012

Directed by Donny Iceburg.

Latest music and visuals from Mega City’s off “The Mikey Hammerz Story Vol. 1″ mixtape.

Direct Link: http://bit.ly/QhcddN
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/LBszzJ
Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/N2dLUx
DatPiff: http://bit.ly/L1gpju

Previously: NEW MIXTAPE: Megacity “The Mikey Hammerz Story Vol. 1″

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Mega City Mikey “Music To Die By (Blue Lagoon)” (Directed by Donny Iceburg)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Mega City Mikey feat. Adam Bomb “Baby Capone” (Directed by Big Sproxx)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Mega City “Stocks and Blondes” (Directed by Donny Iceburg)

NEW MUSIC: J Staffz “Pretty Little Things” + “Living In A Dream” (Prod. J Staffz)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Friday, July 27th, 2012

Two new ones from J Staffz.

Previously: VIDEO: J Staffz TV – Swizzle Sticks & Toodles

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Freck Billionaire feat. Tech Rymes “Eyes Closed” (Prod. J. Staffz)

 

NEW VIDEO: R.I.P. “Miss Mill” – The Introduction of Andreena + NEW MUSIC: “Boss B*tch” (Prod. Snaz)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music,Video | Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Well okay then! It’s a pleasure to meet you Andreena.

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Andreena Mill “Key To Your Heart” (Remix) (Prod. Cxleb)

Previously: NEW VIDEO: Andreena Mill – Silent Night

NEW VIDEO: The Airplane Boys – Parachutes (Directed by Warren Credo)

rez | Video | Thursday, July 26th, 2012

And another one…

“Parachutes” Produced by KMS off The Airplane Boys’ Mix Tape ‘Alignment’

DOWNLOAD The Airplane Boys Mix Tape ‘ALIGNMENT’http://theairplaneboys.com

Director, Editor and D.P: @WarrenCredo

CONTACT:
http://twitter.com/theairplaneboys
http://facebook.com/theairplaneboys
instagram: theairplaneboys
http://www.livebeaumonde.com

Previous: VIDEO: THE AIRPLANE BOYS (CANADA DAY PERFORMANCE @ THE HARBOURFRONT CENTRE)

Previous: NEW VIDEO: THE AIRPLANE BOYS – STILL YOUNG (DIRECTED BY WARREN CREDO)

NEW MUSIC: Miles Jones “All Lies (JSB Remix)” (Prod. Joshua Sadlier-Brown)

Ty Harper | Audio,Music | Thursday, July 26th, 2012

New remix to a cut off  Miles Jones’ upcoming “The Jones Act III” project.

Beat by Joshua Sadlier-Brown.

www.runawayjones.com

Previously: VIDEO: Miles Jones feat. Hundred Faces Group “Maybe Tommorrow” (Rehearsal)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Miles Jones “Magic” (Prod. Miles Jones)

Previously: NEW MUSIC: Miles Jones “All Lies” (Available on iTunes)

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