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9th October, 1934
Cape Town, South Africa
Pianist, composer, bandleader
|Music Genre (Text)||
South African jazz, bebop, post-bop, folk
International, Post-Bop, African Folk, African Jazz, African Traditions, Modern Creative, World Fusion, Highlife, Township Jazz, Progressive Jazz, South African Folk, Southern African
Elegant, Sophisticated, Passionate, Uncompromising, Melancholy, Soothing, Earnest, Literate, Stylish, Exuberant, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Organic, Confident, Witty, Poignant, Refined/Mannered, Sweet, Playful, Sentimental, Freewheeling, Sax (Soprano)
Piano, Leader, Vocals
Piano, saxophone, cello
Sathima Bea Benjamin, Jean Grae
Abdullah Ibrahim (born Adolph Johannes Brand on 9 October 1934 and formerly known as Dollar Brand) is a South African pianist and composer. His music reflects many of the musical influences of his childhood in the multicultural port areas of Cape Town, ranging from traditional African songs to the gospel of the AME Church and ragas, to more modern jazz and other Western styles. Ibrahim is considered the leading figure in the subgenre Cape jazz. Within jazz, his music particularly reflects the influence of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. With his wife, the jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, he is father to the New York underground rapper Jean Grae, as well as to a son, Tsakwe.
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