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Abdullah Ibrahim, Barbican Hall

Abdullah Ibrahim, Barbican Hall

Veteran of South African jazz is on muted form

Abdullah Ibrahim: 'classy and consummate, but also decidedly muted'Manfred Rinderspacher
Like Hugh Masekela, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim first emerged as a member of The Jazz Epistles - that seminal, if short-lived, group who at the start of the 1960s were the first to offer a South African take on modern jazz. Both under the stage name Dollar Brand and, following his conversion to Islam, as Abdullah Ibrahim, it's an instinct he's been honing ever since. As early influences such as Ellington and Monk have gradually become less tangible, he has emerged as one of the most distinctive artistic voices of his generation.

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Come back to Newcastle eventually pesale (thats on tyne) saw you earlier this year took other half who loves the music but wasnt too sure because of all media /hype etc. Brill! best gig ive seen since black rebel motorcycle club (and candi staton, not together though!) good because your a musician/songwriter and thats what its about! . Academy in newcastle has re kickstarted opportunity to see good bands and accessible to younger folk too! all good.

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