Abdullah Ibrahim

Perhaps the most gifted African musician working within the fused ancestral streams of African-American music, Abdullah Ibrahim, formerly known as Dollar Brand, is a pianist, composer, arranger, band leader and teacher. His performing career has taken him to Africa, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America, and India, where he has worked as soloist, and in duo, trio, ensemble and big band formats. He is among the preeminent proponents of music as a healing and transformative tool. He has brought to bear upon his music influences from the artistic royalty of American Jazz and African music(s). The thrust of his gifts is an expression of this lineage. His intention has been secured through his deep Faith. Abdullah Ibrahim's understanding of the far-reaching roots of the healing traditions of both music and people's art is comprehensive. Many who have encountered Abdullah Ibrahim would also call him a teacher ... including many of those who make up his worldwide audience. There is no escaping the transformative power of his music should one approach it with receptivity. In this respect he is both teacher and student, standing as exemplar within the chain of transmission which posits that every person is being inexorably drawn home and is capable of both openness and activation, of being taught and teaching, of following the path and leading others along it.

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