The newest offering from Vancouver-born Zaki Ibrahim, who was raised in both Canada and South Africa, is titled Something in the Water, and it’s a hot one! A much welcomed one too, following her last album release in 2009. The track is a sublime blend of her smooth neo-soul voice and gentle zig-zagging beats. The chorus pulsates with a rhythm that is both a call to ancestral energy of the past, and also, with its electro whizz ending, a shout out to the future.
It’s produced by Alister Johnson, who’s worked his magic on Feist and Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, and the track is the first single off Every Opposite, Zaki’s first full-length album, following EPs, 2006’s Sho: Iqra in Orange and 2008’s Eclectica: Episodes in Purple.
Not only is this the singer’s first full record, it’s also the first album coming from her time in South Africa, where her father, Zane is an important name in community radio (having founded Bush Radio).
At the helm of Every Opposite is Tiago from Tumi and the Volume and 340ml, so we look forward to hearing the rest of the songs, and seeing what that “something” in Zaki turns out to be.
The album is due out in January next year. In the meantime, find Zaki on Facebook here.