Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Abdullah Ibrahim and the Festival have agreed that, following Hugh Masekela's withdrawal from this concert on health grounds, the concert should take place as planned with Ekaya, as a celebration of the music that Abdullah and Hugh created for the Jazz Epistles as a landmark in the evolution of jazz in South Africa, and in recognition of the extraordinary journey that these two icons of South African culture have taken since they created such groundbreaking and uplifting music together, in the dark apartheid days of 1960s South Africa.
One of the most charismatic performers in jazz today, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has been at the forefront of the jazz scene for over fifty years.
'People don't like Abdullah Ibrahim, they adore him, bestowing on him the devotion normally reserved for Nina Simone. When he plays, melodies tumble out effortlessly, as he slides from theme to theme like a laid-back South African reincarnation of Thelonious Monk.' (Guardian)
Abdullah Ibrahim’s music has long tracked the turbulence of his South African homeland’s history, matching its past struggles and current optimism through music of great hope and deeply reflective soulfulness.
Ekaya’s last London performance was at a sold-out Royal Festival Hall concert as part of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival, in a year that marked 20 years of a free South Africa.
‘Melodies and phrases that seemed to breathe as the music spiralled upwards and kept a packed auditorium spellbound’ (★★★★☆ Evening Standard)
Part of the EFG Excellence Series.