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REORIENT Radio – Ibi Ibrahim

Firestarter Ibi Ibrahim talks about his new Berlin-based band, Kabreet

Ibi Ibrahim is a busy man. ‘I have no time for anything anymore, joon’, he told me as we roasted beneath the sun and sipped on chardonnay at a corner bar in Berlin’s Rosenthaler Platz last month. Having started out as a photographer, Ibi has gone on to model for such artists as Shirin Neshat, and currently works with Ai Weiwei (ooh la la). To further ‘complicate’ things, he also sings in his newly formed band, Kabreet (meaning ‘match’ in Arabic), runs a salon for Yemeni culture on the side, and dabbles in the world of fashion.

Ibi likes Fairuz, French accents, and saying the word joon (the Tehrani pronunciation of the Persian word jan, meaning ‘dear’/’life’). As such, I simply had to invite him as a guest for the first episode of our new podcast series, REORIENT Radio, in which I’ll be talking with my friends and other artists through my nose (not even technology can help me).

Enjoy! There are more goodies on the way …

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Joobin Bekhrad
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An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT. He has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, The Economist, the BBC, Forbes, i-D/Vice, Frieze, The Columbia Journal (whose Guest Editor he served as in 2016), The British Library's Untold Lives, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Aesthetica, Artsy, and Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, been interviewed by news outlets including Newsweek, The Art Newspaper, and the CBC, and seen his writings republished and translated into a variety of languages. He is the author of a translation of Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat, a novella (Coming Down Again), a collection of stories (With My Head in the Clouds and Stars in My Eyes), and a volume of poetry (Lovers of Light).