ABDULLAH IBRAHIM - GOOD NEWS FROM AFRICA

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM - GOOD NEWS FROM AFRICA

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Released: 15/03/24

Reissue of Abdullah Ibrahim's stunning 1974 LP 'Good News From Africa' recorded with bassist Johnny Dyani.

Pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim ( formerly known as "Dollar Brand") has long ranked among South Africa's giants alongside Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and the late Kippie Mokoetsi

A master of improvisation with a distinctive African edge, the exiled Cape Town musician has developed a musical style over the past 30 years that defes categorization. Rather, it is a fascinating mosaic of diverse traditions including African rutal and township rhythms, classical jazz, and gospel. South African folk melodies are enriched with Western harmonies, coalescing into a gracefully fluid and intensely spiritual whole.

Best known for his hypnotic and introspective stream- of- consciousness compositions and his innovative interpretations of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn classics, Ibrahim's music is at once accessible and complex, intriguing and lyrical. He has indefatigably explored and fused classical jazz with the multitude of infuences that make up traditional and contemporary South African music.