L’OQENZ started off as Ibrahim’s DJ, but while on tour she started helping schedule and juggle the day-to-day.
BRYAN ESPIRITU is a poet, artist and creative arts director at the Remix Project. He’s also the founder of the Legends League, which started as an outlet for his own work and has since become a network of designers and a clothing company, Ideall (www.ideallclothing.com). Good friends with Ibrahim for years, Espiritu often works with her on creative concepts.
SARAH SHAFEY, pianist and producer, and Ibrahim first met at a coffee house in Kingston, Ontario, in 2004. Ibrahim later convinced Shafey’s family to let her pursue a career in music instead of science.
THE DISTRICT SIX EXTENDED FAMILY DJ Nana; the Remix Project founder Gavin Sheppard; Tumi & the Volume; actor/director Charles Officer; Mozambique-based Afrobeat band 340ml; Adam Hilborn and Alain Parizeau’s design studio, Parishil; MCs i. james. jones, Kamau and K’naan; Mozambique-based group Neco Novellas; photographer Che Kothari; and hiphop band Pocket Dwellers.
DAVE GUENETTE is the RZA of local label, management company and arts collective District Six Music, which is also committed to promoting international groups, and a member of Ibrahim’s management team. When not busy with the label’s affairs, he works with social outreach programs.
WALEED ABDULHAMID is a multi-instrumentalist from Sudan who collaborates regularly with Ibrahim. He’s currently at work on an AIDS awareness record featuring 12 languages – Ibrahim sings the French part.
TANIKA CHARLES met Ibrahim 10 years ago in Vancouver, where they sang in clubs. They continue to perform together – Charles sang with Ibrahim when she opened for the Roots, sang backup for Bedouin Soundclash on tour and is working on her own project.
HEATHER THOMPSON is a Vancouver artist who co-hosted The Souled-Out radio show with Ibrahim in Cape Town.