Each year on October 9th, Abdullah Ibrahim performs a solo piano concert at the Hirzinger Hall in South Germany in order to celebrate his birthday. Due to lockdown restrictions last year, this traditional birthday concert was replaced with the opportunity to record a solo piano performance. Hirzinger Hall,  in Riedering, South East Germany, is famous for its incredible acoustics, […]

The Journey

The Journey

Track List Sister Rosie 4:33 Jabulani (Joy) 17:38 Hajj (The Journey) 21:56

African Piano

African Piano

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim was still known as “Dollar Brand” when he recorded this solo piano set for ECM; it has been reissued on CD under his original name. The continuous live performance (which is under 39 minutes) explores eight of Ibrahim’s originals… Ibrahim was still in the process of finding his own sound at the […]

The Song is My Story

The Song Is My Story

The venerable South African composer and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – known as Dollar Brand early in his career – has been releasing distinctive albums for more than half a century. Ibrahim celebrates his 80th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid on The Song Is My Story, a solo album recorded in Italy in 2014. Featuring original […]

Mukashi – Once Upon a Time


Over the course of a career dating back to the ’50s, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand) has been known for playing a distinct brand of jazz that draws on the music of his homeland. 2014’s Mukashi, which incorporates Japanese influences, features pieces evocative of chamber music. Ibrahim is joined here by […]

Dollar Brand At Montreux

Dollar Brand At Montreaux

CD reissue of this 1989 release from the Jazz great, originally recorded nearly a decade before in 1980.

Sotho Blue

Sotho Blue

After blowing everyone away in 1979 and 1980 with powerfully moving albums like African Marketplace and Soweto, South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim introduced his Ekaya band in the early ’80s with an LP of breathtaking beauty and superb artistic integrity. Originally issued in 1983 on his own Ekapa imprint, the album called Ekaya […]



Abdullah Ibrahim’s followers likely have preferences for his big-band, large-ensemble, trio, or solo works, but any of his fans will agree that all of his projects display a unique melodic touch that is immediately recognisable and pleasant. Well into his golden years, Ibrahim still proves he has the Midas touch on this collection of 22 […]

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 […]