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HPX18: Zaki Ibrahim

The Secret Life of Planets, Ibrahim wants listeners to “think outside of the prisons we create for ourselves.”

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Zaki Ibrahim w/Yohvn Black
Saturday, October 20, 9:30pm
The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street. $15 adv/$20 door

Telepathy, time travel and sci-fi futurism aren't themes you'd expect from an R&B album, but when it comes to Zaki Ibrahim's latest, The Secret Life Of Planets, the subject matter is as limitless as she is.

Born in British Columbia, Ibrahim's musicality takes cues from the North American urban music scene and the worldly influences of South Africa. Splitting her childhood between two continents, she gained a vast and expansive appreciation for music. Encouraged by her hip hop-loving father, Ibrahim began as a beat-maker; the Polaris Prize-nominated musician never imagined herself "carving an entire career and touring the world and being a nomad for 12 years."

Ibrahim's latest offering is a warm and thoughtful neo-soul album featuring her otherworldly interests. "I enjoy studying and looking at natural and scientific phenomena," says Ibrahim of The Secret Life Of Planets, which features deep and provocative tracks like "Cutloose," accompanied by a beautifully immersive promotional video on the artist's website. "It deals with the power of thought and word, and the importance of mind state," says Ibrahim. "We're so tied to society's systems of time, and we believe we have to be a certain way and comply to certain things— 'Cutloose' is about realizing how you're thinking and breaking free from that."

Preparing to visit Nova Scotia, Ibrahim plans to give an engaging and soul-nourishing performance. "The set I've put together for Halifax is going to be fun and upbeat," she says. "We have to think outside of the prisons we create for ourselves. I hope the audience takes away a sense of freedom, self-expression, pride in who they are and to express beauty in whatever they need to express."

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