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Zaki Ibrahim & 5th Floor at Club Voom Voom


8 February 2011 No Comment

Zaki will be performing an exclusive preview of songs from her highly anticipated up-coming album “Every Opposite”, set to be released later this year.
Fifth Floor accompanied by a three piece will be exhibiting fresh ideas in the making for the listener as well as a couple singles from their previous album “Sex & Revolution.

For an exclusive and rare evening of quality music, we look forward to connecting.

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Zaki Ibrahim’s music is captivating and vibrant. It’s thick with poetics, and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and humor. It comes from knowing a struggle, though it’s never really about struggle, having been shaped by the diversity of her apartheid-era hometown and household, where the lessons of Islam fed into discussions of Buddhism, Sufi philosophies courted drums, and Scottish folk songs intertwined with a rich, epic ancestral history.

“My mother was an English teacher, a poet and a writer. I write in my Umi’s language. Her words have allowed me to translate my experience the way I do. To me, few see the world as exquisitely as she portrays it,” says Zaki.

This fine web of worlds is present in every note, every tone, every word, and it is what makes her music both timeless and so undeniably fresh.

It was due to a music-filled childhood, that she was introduced to Hip-hop for the first time whilst living in South Africa, after which she continued her journey with music as a teen in Canada’s west coast.

It was there that Zaki realised her calling as a musician, and began to build on her craft, swiftly garnering attention, industry and media praise, and emerging as a noteworthy talent on both sides of the Atlantic.

She has worked with producers like King Britt (PHILLY), DJ Spinna (NY), John Robinson(NY), DJ Center (Giant Step),  Richard the Third (SA), LV (UK),  and Nick Holder (Toronto).

She has also shared the stage with Erykah Badu, DJ Fresh, Saul Williams, Tumi and the Volume and K’Naan.

So, not surprisingly, 2009 was an explosive year for Zaki, who was named best artist by Toronto’s Now Magazine, and received a Juno Nod for the  best R&B with the song Money. This was from her EP Eclectica: Episodes in Purple, which she released and toured in both South Africa and the US. She also opened a highly anticipated performance by Mos Def at the International Jazz Festival in Cape Town.

2010 brings with it a new set of possibilities, beginning with the recent release of the video to Money (King Britt remix), to positive reviews. Commenting on the universal array of attitudes to money, the song is as original in content as it is visually.

It is also only an inkling of things to come as Zaki spends time finishing her next full-length record between her various homes.






5th Floor, this Cape Town’s based crew has been around South African hip hop scene since 1996…

2003 saw the groups first single “Kreation” featured on the Silvertab Harambe Dope Sessions Compilation, as well as a guest appearance on Imbumba Unity. A track that was recorded with the likes of Looptroop, Timbuktu and the Spotrunnaz from Sweden, during their South African Tour.

In December 2004 the group released their debut album ” Attention to Detail“, independently on Seamless Enterprise. The album featured their successful singles from the previous year “Kreation” and “Imbumba Unity”, as well as their follow up single “Siveni” feat. Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground.

5th Floor’s Music has also graced the Soundtrack, as well as having been featured in the 2007 award winning Graffiti documentary film ” Overspray 1.0

2009 saw 5th Floor release their 2nd album Sex & Revolution independently through So Treal Music. Sex & Revolution is Emcee Camo & Emcee Kasual T accompanied by a 4 piece band. The album features singles such as the like “Good Life” feat MXO, their latest single and video Right to Left currently rotating on Mtv Base. Sex & Revolution saw 5th Floor appear alongside internationally acclaimed Hip Hop artists such as Slum Village from Detroit U.S.A. on their “I Love Hip Hop” South African tour ’09, People Under The Stairs(USA) ‘10, John Robinson(New York) ‘10 and the annual Artscape Theatre Hip Hop Connected ’09.

In ‘09 5th Floor was nominated best group for the MTN Hype Magazine Awards and also among 5 S.A. artists selected for Africa Unsigned.




Thursday 17 February
9pm / R40
Club Voom Voom
70 Loop street, Cape Town

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