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The Secret Life Of Planets

by Zaki Ibrahim

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“The music itself is futuristic soul at its best, blending retro R&B vibes with electronic production that will take you out of this world.” 

- Afropunk.

“Zaki Ibrahim has gathered new methods, sounds, and communities, recombining old ideas to make something all her own. This analog/digital, past/future, sensory/tactical approach to music-making is her hallmark. On 'The Secret Life of Planets' (a title that riffs on a kitschy 1979 Stevie Wonder album), she flexes this musical vision—helped by Toronto producers/instrumentalists Alister Johnson and Casey MQ—with singular focus and nuanced whimsy. Try, but it’s very difficult to pick a favorite patch of sound from the Planets’ 13 tracks, her best album to date. Despite its title, The Secret Life Of Planets is less liturgical science fiction and more soulful and sublime, focusing on cosmos of human experience.” 

- Pitchfork.

Awards

2009 Juno-Nominated 
2013 Polaris Prize Shortlisted
2013 South African Music Award Nominated
2018 Polaris Prize Long-listed