Every Opposite

Zaki Ibrahim performing in Johannesburg

Zaki Ibrahim in Johannesburg
I have a folder on my computer very unimaginatively named “Randoms to edit”. It contains a bizarre selection of photos I have taken over the past year which never got edited because they weren’t attached to anything special. These two photos are part of that collection and they finally got a quick once-over in Lightroom after I decided that I couldn’t think of a better subject for my first post of 2013 than Zaki Ibrahim.

Zaki is a South African singer and she is absolutely amazing.I first saw her live in Johannesburg at the very event in Greenside where I took these fabulously average photos. (The reason why she is behind glass in these photos because she was in a recording studio – part of 5fm’s live performance feature)

Listening to Zaki while living in New York always makes me really happy, but it makes me miss Joburg at the same time.

Zaki’s album Every Opposite is available on Spotify if you want to take a listen. Draw the Line, Something in the Water, The Do, The Brave Ones are my favourites, although the number one spot belongs to the most sultry sexy song ever – Conjure.

Happy Fri-yay.

Live music lives on

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A couple of weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite SA bands – the Kongos – had tweeted that they were coming to play in New York. I got ridiculously excited because I have missed their last two appearances in SA (including at Oppikoppi), so I spammed all my friends here in the city and told them we have to go. The Kongos played as part of the CMJ music marathon – an annual event that is designed to showcase emerging talent. They were really great, particularly since its tough to get a crowd going at 6.15 pm although they didn’t play my favourite song.

We had no clue who any of the other performers in the line up for that evening were, but we decided to stay on for a bit. The act following the Kongos was Maya Solovey, who is an absolutely adorable and talented young woman. She signs in 3 languages, has the sweetest personality and she even baked cornbread for everyone to enjoy. That’s probably the first and last time I will ever go to a gig where the artists makes the food herself (or himself).

After Maya was DAWNS from Montana. Really beautiful voice and songs.

I had so much fun taking photos – I never thought I would enjoy concert photography so much. But I definitely need better kit for this. Shooting at 1600 ISO was tough because the light was so poor in there and the lowest aperture setting I could go to with the Nikkor 18-105mm was 3.5. I definitely think it is time to treat myself to that Nikon D7000 I have been wanting to get for months….