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Abdullah Ibrahim

Struggle icon and legendary jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim visits us in the loft.

Arguably one of South Africa's most distinguished pianists, Abdullah Ibrahim was born in Cape Town in 1934 and baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. The Cape Town of his childhood was a melting-pot of cultural influences, and the young Dollar Brand, as he became known, was exposed to American jazz, township jive, CapeMalay music, as well as to classical music.

The evolving and ever-changing political and social climate in Apartheid South Africa shaped his music. In 1976, after the Soweto Uprising, he organized an illegal ANC benefit concert before resettling in New York. He returned to South Africa in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela and performed at the presidential inauguration in 1994.

When not touring, as he has done extensively for the better part of 30 years, he divides his time between Cape Town and New York. Very few of his fans also know is that Ibrahim has a black belt in martial arts and takes every opportunity to make private trips to his master in Japan.

This Day of Reconciliation, we are honoured and privileged to have Abdullah in the loft with us where he will also be performing.


Official website: abdullahibrahim.com

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