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Surprise concert by Abdullah Ibrahim draws the jazz fans

If you were walking through the Cape Town CBD yesterday, you might have come across an odd scene – a grand piano in a church square – and you would have found jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim giving a free concert. Playing for 45 minutes, just a few steps...

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Legendary Abdullah Ibrahim’s epic early 2016 gift to Cape Town

On a windy Wednesday in Cape Town, photographer Andiswa Mkosi left the office to attend what would be her first musical event for 2016. Lucky for her and many artists and jazz aficionados in Cape Town, she was treated to a free concert at Church...

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Ibrahim to play a rare concert in London

Now 81, the tall, dignified Cape Town-born jazz musician, famed for international hits like Mannenberg (1974), will play solo a programme of music that combines South African township and traditional African music, gospel, and enigmatic jazz. Born in Cape Town as Adolph Johannes Brand, his mother...

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Abdullah Ibrahim back on home soil

One of Cape Town’s favourite sons, jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim seldom performs in South Africa due to his international commitments. But he is in the city for a one-off concert. He told eNCA that South Africa is like a child in the process of...

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Gifts from a jazz maestro

The email from Abdullah Ibrahim says: “1700hrs confirmed for tomorrow.” I have already drawn up a list of 15 questions for one of South Africa’s national treasures. At 5pm the next day, we are talking on Skype. With the tone and immediacy of a toddler’s 21...

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Exploring sounds of Cape Town, church, and jazz

South African pianist, composer, and bandleader Abdullah Ibrahim kept things at a simmering intensity in a rare Boston concert on Sunday. The iconic South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, now 81, draws equally from the African Methodist Episcopal Church and township music of his Cape...

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Reliving a magical moment

When Abdullah Ibrahim takes the Berklee Performance Center stage Sunday night, under the auspices of World Music, it will be the first time in years that he’s played locally with his big (seven-piece) band, Ekaya. If it’s anything like the last time… There are some concerts...

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Saying so much with so little

Not a single word escaped the lips of Abdullah Ibrahim during his 90-minute performance at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday night. Perhaps that was intended to maintain the spell that the South African pianist/composer cast over the audience, which was mesmerizing; or it could...

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Abdullah Ibrahim talks jazz: themes, history and spirit

How does one pass down knowledge that resists the deteriorating effects of time? With a soft spoken, low and wisened voice, Abdullah Ibrahim, a South African pianist and composer, responded to creative writing professor Nathaniel Mackey. In the “Talking Music: A Life in Jazz” talk on...

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‘The Song is My Story’ Review

Celestial Bird Dance, the first song on the album (the intro), is too short for my liking. The beautiful melody composed in 1970 deserves more than just over a minute. It is one of those songs that make you want to listen to it more than...