Abdullah Ibrahim - The Balance
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Out 28th June 2019
August 1990. First ANC Branch meeting in West Johannesburg, South Africa. Newly enrolled members, who have just cast a vote for the first time ever, dance while their votes to elect ANC branch committee members are counted.
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 US) has come to be regarded as an unofficial national anthem in South Africa. He even performed at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, where Mandela referred to him as “our Mozart.”
He’s 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.
On April 15th 2019 Abdullah received the highest honour the United States bestows upon jazz musicians, the NEA Jazz Master.