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Artist-in-Residence: Abdullah Ibrahim


Duke professor and acclaimed poet Nathaniel Mackey talks with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim about his wide-ranging career in music. Ibrahim plays with his ensemble Ekaya on Friday, October 16 at Baldwin Auditorium.


Since signing his first record deal in 1964, South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim has made a staggering fifty-two albums as pianist and bandleader and has played a central role in his country’s twentieth-century musical and political landscape. Born into the rich culture of pre-Apartheid Cape Town, Ibrahim absorbed the songs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the burgeoning marabi tradition in the townships, and, of course, American jazz. The result is a musical voice that is at once intellectual and deeply felt. After a 2014 performance at New York’s Schomburg Center, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times said of the music, “It reached the audience as if it were a music never heard before, and did so by degrees: first like a history lesson, then like a party, then like a deep and serious matter.”


Thursday, October 15, 12 – 1 PM
Forum for Scholars & Publics, 011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke West Campus (Directions)
Free & open to the public; a light lunch will be served for all attendees starting at 11:45 AM.

  • Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 12:00pm