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The Song is My Story

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The Song is My Story
The Song is My Story


The charismatic Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa's most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician. He releases the solo piano album 'The Song Is My Story' to celebrate his 80th birthday, 2014 also marks 20 years since the end of apartheid.

Abdullah Ibrahim visited Sacile, Italy in the summer of 2014, played on the legendary "Fazioli" grand piano and visited the workshop where these pianos are crafted. There is a concert hall in Sacile with fantastic instruments, which sound as if they were created especially for Ibrahim. He recorded this CD there, a mixture of free improvisations and performances of his classic compositions such as a "For Coltrane" and "African Dawn". Fortunately, professional films were shot during those days, so 'The Song Is My Story' also includes a DVD with concert excerpts, as well as conversations with Abdullah Ibrahim.

Ibrahim explains his approach to creating music in the liner notes: "There are people who can only play if they have sheet music. But we others improvise without knowing where we are headed. This makes us free. We don't fear situations that we don't know. We have a song, rhythm, harmony and pitch, and then we start to play with that, turn everything upside down...We jazz musicians are not afraid of letting things take their course."

Personnel: Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)

"The humble high priest of international jazz." - The Guardian


  1. Name
  2. Celestial Bird Dance
  3. Threshold
  4. Open Door - Within
  5. Unfettered - Muken
  6. Spiral Mist
  7. Just Arrived
  8. Kalahari Pleiades
  9. For Coltrane
  10. Twelve By Twelve
  11. Shadows Lean Against My Song
  12. The Song Is My Story - URA
  13. Marinska
  14. African Dawn
  15. Eclipse At Dawn
  16. Phambili - Looking Ahead
  17. For Coltrane
  18. Children Dance
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