Abdullah Ibrahim aka Dollar Brand: The Balance

Ibrahim says on a short note on the back cover of this LP “We push ourselves out of our comfort zones”. Later he says “Technically it’s very, very skilled but there’s a simplicity in the complexity so that people can relate to it. It’s a natural rhythm of the universe”. That’s a pretty good summing […]

South African jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim returns with The Balance

South African composer and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, formerly known as Dollar Brand, is now in his 84th year. For at least 60 of those years, he has been a jazz musician. With a long and impressive career already behind him, Ibrahim continues to record and perform meaningful work, as the albums Sotho Blue (2010), Mukashi (2013) and The Song is […]

Abdullah Ibrahim looks to past, present and future


More than six decades into a trail-blazing career in music, and recently named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, Abdullah Ibrahim shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary jazz pianist, composer and anti-Apartheid activist – Nelson Mandela called him the “Mozart of South Africa” – has released his latest album called […]

Newly-Christened NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Strikes ‘The Balance’: Premiere

Abdullah Ibrahim

The material on The Balance may be new to listeners – including the title track, premiering exclusively below – but it’s very familiar to veteran pianist and newly christened NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim on his first new album in five years. “We’ve been playing this music for so long,” the South African-born Ibrahim, referring to […]

10 albums you need to know about: June 2019

The Balance

The return of a South African jazz legend; new records redefining the role of the harp within jazz; the debut of a new, boundary-defying ensemble. All this and more on this month’s list of ten albums you need to know about.

2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim To Participate In Master Class At Howard University

NEA Jazz Masters

The 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim will conduct a master class with Howard University student musicians Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 12:40–1:40 p.m. inside Howard University’s Childers Recital Hall, located at 2455 6thStreet NW, Washington, D.C. Ibrahim is recipient of a 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. […]