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Abdullah Ibrahim: South Africa’s master pianist is going on a world tour at 90

Abdullah Ibrahim: South Africa’s master pianist is going on a world tour at 90

ABDULLAH Ibrahim, South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, was born on 9 October 1934 in Cape Town. This year marks not only his 90th birthday but also the start of a world tour. Christine Lucia has studied Ibrahim’s work and published research articles about him. We asked her why he is so important. CHRISTINE LUCIA, Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University Who is Abdullah Ibrahim and what shaped him? Abdullah Ibrahim is the finest jazz pianist-composer that South Africa has ever produced – even in such a jazz-rich country. He is the country’s equivalent of the US jazz star Duke Ellington, because his…
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