Freedom Fighter: Zaki Ibrahim | 30 Days Unchained : Day 14 Wednesday 23 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 14 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Zaki Ibrahim Canadian-born, South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim is a star in her own right. Zaki has created a distinct symphony of sound that is  both fresh and addictive. Ibrahim’s haunting vocals and charisma, blend with R&B, hip hop and electronica on her latest album Every […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 14 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Zaki Ibrahim

Zaki Ibrahim, Photo by Max Mogale

Canadian-born, South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim is a star in her own right. Zaki has created a distinct symphony of sound that is  both fresh and addictive. Ibrahim’s haunting vocals and charisma, blend with R&B, hip hop and electronica on her latest album Every Opposite. Describing her vision for ‘Every Opposite’, Zaki tells Live Unchained that she “decided to tell a story set in the future but told as if it were a fable from the past, perhaps to shuffle time a bit. I wanted to play with the concept of time and scramble man-made systems of control as if time doesn’t exist, only timing and a sequence of events and consequences. And, I still wanted to have fun with it and play on contrasting ideas.  The albums rhythms and emotions vary from song to song, but still fit in context.”

As an artist, Zaki uses her own originality to encourage other female creatives to harness their strength from within. Referring to women, Zaki says, “You need to claim your place. Your root. You are here, you are woman…and very powerful.  That is something to know, not something to work towards.”  The impact of Zaki’s words, I think, has the potential the free our society from the pre-determined ideas of what “woman” is. Zaki’s fierce confidence is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an Image that Answers the Question): What do you know for sure?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Live Unchained: How would you describe your music style in just 3 words? 

Zaki Ibrahim: Past. Present. Future.

LU: Your new album, Every Opposite, tells a story of freedom. Can you tell us a more about your vision for the album?

ZI: I decided to tell a story set in the future but told as if it were a fable from the past, perhaps to shuffle time a bit. I wanted to play with the concept of time and scramble man-made systems of control as if time doesn’t exist, only timing and a sequence of events and consequences. And, I still wanted to have fun with it and play on contrasting ideas.  The albums rhythms and emotions vary from song to song, but still fit in context.

I definitely took a different approach with Every Opposite than with my past EPs. This is a concept album influenced by a story I’ve written alongside the record, translated from dreams.

LU: Referring to women, you said in a 2007 interview: “You need to claim your place. Your root. You are here, you are woman…and very powerful.  That is something to know, not something to work towards.” What made you say it like this?

ZI: We are powerful because of the way we are built and men are powerful too. To say women are powerful, I don’t meant that men are weak — well, not all of them lol — but often, as women, we forget and soften to suggestions of society or the insistence of men needing to feel superior.  Having a womb and intuition must be quite intimidating, and to have a brain on top of it, well…

We need to know that we are precious and I feel we should never allow this position to be taken for granted.

LU: Finally, what does living unchained mean to you?

ZI: Everything. It’s one of my mottos in life! Living unchained is something to constantly work on because sometimes when you fight for freedom, you may unconsciously create another chain in the other direction.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Aleyna Jones and Kathryn Buford

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