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The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused using the improvisation of jazz as well as the technical proficiency of classical music simply by South Africa-born pianist Buck Brand or, mainly because he’s known as himself since converting to Islam in 1968, Abdullah Ibrahim. Since bringing in worldwide acclaim as an associate from the Jazz Epistles, among South Africa’s 1st jazz rings, he has continuing to explore fresh ground along with his imaginative playing. Subjected to a number of music as a young child, including traditional African music, spiritual music, and jazz, Brand began monitoring piano at age seven. Learning to be a professional musician in 1949, he performed with such South African groupings because the Tuxedo Slickers as well as the Willie Potential Big Band. A decade later, he became a member of the Jazz Epistles, an organization featuring trumpet participant Hugh Masekela and alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi. The music group, which have been shaped in 1959 by American pianist John Mehegan to get a recording program, Jazz in Africa, got recorded the very first jazz recording by South African music artists. In 1962, Brand remaining South Africa with vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin; both were wedded in 1965, and briefly resolved in Zurich. Performing along with his trio, which presented bassist Johnny Gertze and drummer Makaya Ntshoko, Brand was noticed by Duke Ellington in the Africana Golf club. Ellington was therefore impressed that he organized a recording program for Brand as well as the trio. The ensuing recording, Duke Ellington Presents the Buck Brand Trio, premiered within the Reprise label in 1963. He stayed backed by Ellington following a album’s release. Not only is it booked to try out (at Ellington’s urging) in the Newport Jazz Event in 1965, Brand offered as Ellington’s alternative and performed five displays using the Ellington Orchestra the next yr. Shortly later on, he disbanded the trio and approved an invitation to become listed on Elvin Jones’ quartet. The cooperation with Jones lasted half a year. After departing the Jones quartet, he stayed involved with a number of tasks. Besides touring like a soloist in 1968, he caused rings led by Don Cherry and Gato Barbieri. Quickly time for South Africa in 1976, the right now Abdullah Ibrahim resolved in NY the same yr. Although he came back to South Africa to reside in 1990, he continuing to separate his time taken between his birthplace and his used home in NY. In 1997, Ibrahim collaborated with an recording and tour with jazz drummer Utmost Roach. The next calendar year, Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder organized many of his compositions for the 22-piece orchestra for the Swiss television creation, and for a global tour undertaken with the full-sized Munich Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, executed by Barbara Yahr of america. Ibrahim continuing to execute and record for the rest from the 1990s and through the entire 2000s, launching such significant albums as African Collection (1999, Enja), Cape City Revisited (2000, Enja; documented in 1997), Ekapa Lodumo (2001, Enja/Tiptoe), African Magic (2003, Enja/Justin Period), Senzo (2008, Sunnyside), and Bombella (2009, Intuition). Ibrahim in addition has composed the ratings for such movies as Chocolat no Dread No Die.

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Date Of Birth October 9, 1934
Profession Film Score Composer, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Nationality South African
Spouse Sathima Bea Benjamin
Awards South African Music Award for Male Artist of the Year, South African Music Award for Lifetime Achievement
Music Songs Whoza Mtwana, Mannenberg, Ekaya, Cape Town Fringe, Tintinyana, Ancient Africa, For Monk, In A Sentimental Mood, Black and Brown Cherries, Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro, African Sun, Did You Hear That Sound, African Herbs, Kalahari, Moniebah, Bra Timing From Phomolong, The Homecoming Song, Msunduza, Black Lightning, Anatomy Of A South African Village, Sad Times, Bad Times/King Kong, Ubu Suku, Kippy, Acclamation, Xaba, Ek Se Ou Windhoek Toe Nou, THE MOON, Jabulani - Easter Joy, Someday Soon Sweet Samba, Little Boy, Left Alone, Consanguinity
Albums Water from an Ancient Well, Underground in Africa, African Space Program, Mindif, African Dawn, Good News from Africa, African Piano, African River, Banyana – Children of Africa, African Suite - For Trio And String Orchestra, No Fear, No Die, Duet, Mannenberg, Voice of Africa, Yarona, Autobiography, Dollar Brand, Dollar Brand Plays Sphere Jazz + Jazz Epistle - Verse 1, Reflections, African Horns, German Live Sessions - Duke's Memories
Nominations Silver Osella for Best Original Music
Movies Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, The Law, No Fear, No Die, Chocolat, A Brother with Perfect Timing, Sophiatown, The Cry of Reason, Closed Circuit


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mandela's Gun 2016
Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love 2005 Documentary
Povl Dissing & Benny Andersen med the Brazz Brothers: Til Rosalina 2004 TV Special documentary
Tilaï 1990
S'en fout la mort 1990
The Cry of Reason: Beyers Naude - An Afrikaner Speaks Out 1988 Documentary
Chocolat 1988
A Brother with Perfect Timing 1987 Documentary
Closed Circuit 1983 as Dollar Brand
Portrait of a Bushman 1967 as Dollar Brand

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Odo-Toum, d'autres rythmes 1980 as Dollar Brand
Portrait of a Bushman 1967 as Dollar Brand

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Combien tu m'aimes? 2005 writer: "Moniebah"
Equinox 1992 performer: "LEFT ALONE" - as Dollar Brand

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moving with Purpose 2004 Documentary short composer: theme music

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Material 2012 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love 2005 Documentary Himself
Sophiatown 2003 Documentary Himself
Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony 2002 Documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2000 TV Series Himself
A Brother with Perfect Timing 1987 Documentary Himself

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