Tshehla Michael Phahlane

Farewell to doyen of black journalism

Michael Tshehla Phahlane, the man who gave Soweto its name back in 1963, slipped away quietly two weeks ago without a single mention in local media despite the fact that he was the real doyen of black journalism and one of its finest wordsmiths. He...

NEA Jazz Master

Abdullah Ibrahim to receive 2019 Jazz Master Award from NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award, bestowed every year since 1982, is often characterized as the United States' highest honor reserved for jazz. This morning the NEA announced four new recipients of the prize: pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, composer-arranger-bandleader Maria...

Abdullah Ancient Well

An Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Concert: Water from an Ancient Well

Story Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present solo piano concerts by global music icon and South African legend Abdullah Ibrahim. Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician.  Following his performance at the Oslo Jazz Festival, John Ephland, writing on allaboutjazz.com,...

Idrissa Ouedraogo’s Masterwork “Tilaï (The Law)”

Streaming video has turned distribution on its head: two superhero movies may now be in more than four thousand theatres nationwide, but a movie that’s screening only once at BAM Cinématek, on Thursday night – “Tilaï (The Law),” a film by the Burkinabé director Idrissa...

Abdullah

Abdullah Ibrahim’s set to remember: a co-op review

Last Tuesday, Abdullah Ibrahim, the 83 year old South African father of Cape Jazz, walked on to the Royal Festival Hall stage. He sat in front of his piano, placed his long hands on the keys, and introduced us to the concert with a medley...

“Six standing ovations”

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM & EKAYA ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON 14 NOV 2017 Great Audience 'SIX STANDING OVATIONS' Abdullah Ibrahim Piano Cleave Guyton Alto sax, piccolo, flute Lance Bryant Tenor sax Andrae Murchison Trombone Marshall McDonald Baritone sax Noah Jackson Cello, bass Will Terrill Drums...

Abdullah Ibrahim: How Improvisation Saved My Life

The music of pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim conveys an extraordinary depth in stillness. More than perhaps any other improvising artist, he knows how to turn the solitary act of introspection into a communal experience that's both transporting and immersive. There's a history behind that sorcery, which you...

Abdullah Ibrahim in Japan

Abdullah Ibrahim has toured around the world as a solitary pianist since the 1960s. His captivating performances at the famous halls and religious buildings around the world have inspired countless people. Among these many performances was one held at the World Heritage Kamigamo Shrine in...

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim to present two solo concerts in Cape Town in October

South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, will present two solo piano concerts at the Artscape Theatre on 13 and 14 October 2017.  The highly anticipated programme showcases Mr. Ibrahim's compositions spanning the past seventy years, influenced by people, places and events that have impacted his...