Today’s spotlight is on Zaki Ibrahim, a soulful Toronto songstress who writes beautiful songs made up of modern and futuristic hooks, with timeless vocals and raw, emotive lyrics.
Last month, Ibrahim re-released her 2006 debut EP Shö (Iqra in Orange) alongside a special live recording, Shö: Live in Toronto. This EP moved me the first time I listened to it but I must admit it touches me deeper every time I play it again. Six Shooter Records‘ has announced that they will be re-releasing Ibrahim’s entire catalogue over the next year. I think this is a great strategy for artists with a deep catalogue that has yet to be released on streaming platforms.
Collab with Riit
It’s also worth noting that Zaki Ibrahim and Six Shooter labelmate, Riit were nominated for the 2020 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, which is in it’s 15th year. Voting is open until July 30, and you can VOTE HERE. Other nominees include Haviah Mighty, Iskwe, William Prince, and other top emerging talents in Canadian music. Previous winners of the prize include Brasstronaut, Dear Rouge, PUP, and Grandson.
Ibrahim is no stranger to the Hammer. In fact, on July 23 you can catch her as a part of a special livestream series Do Well by Hamilton hosted by The Music Hall, (previous streams featured the talents of DJ Shub and Jeremie Albino) streamed live from The Music Hall’s FB page. I had the privilege of catching her last year at Bayfront Park, as part of RBC & Supercrawls Canada Day programming. Zaki puts on a beautiful performance, complimented by gorgeous dancers.
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