Sharjah Art Foundation

March Meeting 2023: The Postcolonial Constellation: Art, Culture, Politics after 1960

9 March — 12 March, 2023

Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim. Image courtesy of the artist.


Sharjah Art Foundation proudly presents South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and world-respected master musician, composer and anti-apartheid activist Abdullah Ibrahim performing a solo piano recital as part of the Sharjah Biennial 15 Music Programme.

Reflecting his exposure to multiple cultural influences: from African traditional music, Christian hymns, gospel tunes and spirituals to American jazz and township and classical music. Out of this blend of the secular and the religious, the traditional and the modern, Ibrahim’s distinctive sound and musical vocabulary were born.

For over 50 years, Ibrahim has appeared at major concert halls, clubs and festivals as a soloist or part of a trio or septet. He has collaborated with classical orchestras, notably the European Youth Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Film Orchestra Babelsberg, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and worked on big band projects with Danish Radio and German broadcasters Norddeutscher and Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

The Sharjah Biennial 15 Music Programme has been made possible with the generous support of Bank of Sharjah and Sharjah Government Media Bureau.

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