A Celebration


To celebrate the 70th birthday of pianist/composer/bandleader Abdullah Ibrahim and his 35th year recording for Enja, this set of previously released music was put out in 2005. The liner notes sum up his life well and the picturesque music is diverse, highlighted by the celebratory “African Market Place”, “The Mountain”, and “Mindif”, although surprisingly the […]

Re:Brahim: Abdullah Ibrahim Remixed

Re Brahim

The music of Abdullah Ibrahim is revered far and wide as not only the modern signature sound of his native South Africa, but as new small and large ensemble extensions of his hero Duke Ellington. Always self-professed as more a griot or storyteller than a musician, Ibrahim has always made music that appeals to a […]

The Very Best of Abdullah Ibrahim

The Very Best Of

This delightful collection presents a chronological selection of the South African pianist’s live and studio recordings for the Enja label from 1979 to 1997. Consisting entirely of original compositions, the album reveals the bittersweet elegance and irrepressible optimism of a rare musical genius in a profoundly lyrical blend of classic modern jazz with the celebratory […]

Ancient Africa

Ancient Africa

On Feb. 18, 1973, Abdullah Ibrahim had a busy day, recording two brilliant albums of solo piano. A pair of CD reissues (Ancient Africa and Fats Duke & The Monk) include all of the material from the LPs Sangoma and African Portraits although they change the order of the songs around quite a bit; Ancient […]

Fats, Duke & the Monk

Fats Duke Monk

After a decade of generally intriguing recordings, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim really found his own voice by the early ’70s. His lengthy solo set from February 18, 1973, originally released as a pair of Sackville LPs (Sangoma and African Portraits), has been reshuffled and expanded a bit upon the release of this CD and its companion […]