Abdullah Ibrahim (who has also recorded as Dollar Brand) is one of South Africa's most famous musicians. His music is...
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Abdullah Ibrahim (who has also recorded as Dollar Brand) is one of South Africa's most famous musicians. His music is often referred to as representing freedom. His major anti-apartheid anthem 'Mannenberg' (released as 'Capetown Fringe' in the USA) has come to be regarded as an unofficial national anthem in South Africa. He performed at Nelson Mandela's inauguration, where Mandela himself referred to him as "our Mozart”.
He has played with everyone, from Duke Ellington to Max Roach, John Coltrane to Ornette Coleman, and is the father of underground rapper Jean Grae. Encompassing Township-Jazz, solo piano, Highlife and plentiful modern jazz styles, this brand new studio album (recorded with his band Ekaya at RAK Studios in London,) is a major return for a genuine living Jazz legend.
“The are few musicians in jazz that can make you feel that all is right in the World like Ibrahim ” - The Times
“People don't like Abdullah Ibrahim, they adore him, bestowing on him the devotion normally reserved for Nina Simone. When he plays, melodies tumble out effortlessly, as he slides from theme to theme like a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk.” - The Guardian
Abdullah Ibrahim piano Noah Jackson double bass, cello) Alec Dankworth double bass Will Terrill drums Adam Glasser harmonica Cleave Guyton Jr alto saxophone, flute, piccolo Lance Bryant tenor saxophone Andrae Murchison trombone Marshall McDonald baritone saxophone