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Listen to Zaki Ibrahim’s Impressive Sci-Fi Soul Album ‘The Secret Life of Planets’

Zaki Ibrahim releases her first album in six years.

Canadian-based South African singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim just released her long-promised third album The Secret Life Of Planets. This is her first full body of work since 2012's Every Opposite.

In 2016, the artist got us ready for The Secret Life of Planets when she released a four-track EP titled ORBIT: A Postcoital Prequel. ORBIT revealed a shift in mindstate for the artist.

While her music used to be themed in colors (Eclectica [Episodes in Purple], Shö [Iqra In Orange]), in this new chapter, she's fascinated by the cosmos, hence the titles of both the EP and album. The EP's release coincided with the supermoon­–the biggest view of the moon we've had in 70 years.

On The Secret Life of Planets, the artist worked with co-producer and co-writer Alister Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Casey MQ.

While Ibrahim was making the album, she had to deal with the death of her father, and getting ready to be a mother.

She told the Canadian website Exclaim!:

"I was in the middle of writing this album when this was happening. It actually allowed me to deal with what I was feeling, and to explore a lot of themes of outer space, time travel, memories, and nostalgia. It took me away, but at the same time, got me even deeper into who I am. What, surprisingly, came out was more joy than grief. Making the album kind of helped me through all of this stuff."

The Secret Life of Planets has a vintage soul and R&B feel to it, with sprinkles of both nostalgia and future by way of synthesizers and 808s.

Listen to The Secret Life of Planets below, and download it here.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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