Abdullah Ibrahim Quotes

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 of Cape jazz. Within jazz, his music particularly reflects the influence of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. He is known especially for "Mannenberg", a jazz piece which became a notable anti-apartheid anthem. 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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Abdullah Ibrahim


When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution.

Abdullah Ibrahim


The biggest problem in South Africa is that we have a disrupted timeline. Historically, politically, spiritually, economically, in people's minds, in people's heads.

Abdullah Ibrahim


People say that slaves were taken from Africa. This is not true: People were taken from Africa, among them healers and priests, and were made into slaves.

Abdullah Ibrahim


“ The program is meant to increase job satisfaction and provide greater motivation for employees. We expect the training program to be a catalyst in enhancing overall competitiveness of the company, while contributing to the personal development of the employees.”

Abdullah Ibrahim


I don't think of myself as a jazz musician but a medicine man.

Abdullah Ibrahim


Music is only a means to an end - it is not the end. The concern is with the condition of man

Abdullah Ibrahim