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Sotho Blue

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Calypso Minor; Sotho Blue; Abide; Nisa; The Mountain; The Wedding; Glass Enclosure; Star Dance; Joan Capetown Flower (Emerald Bay).


Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue

Read "Sotho Blue" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The music of pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has lit up the world, shining brightly in the darkest recesses of the mind for decades. It has sung proud through the apartheid era, helping to clench the fist of protest tighter and the voice of human freedom sing louder. Now that the walls of segregation (at least in South ...


Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue

Read "Sotho Blue" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono trascorsi quasi tre decenni da quando Abdullah Ibrahim presentò il progetto Ekaya nel disco omonimo del 1983: un settetto formato da tre sassofoni, un trombone ed una sezione ritmica con il leader al pianoforte. I componenti dell'organico originale sono ovviamente cambiati (ricordate? c'erano Dick Griffin al trombone, Carlos Ward, Ricky Ford e Charles Davis ai ...


Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue

Read "Sotho Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The pianist's name was Dollar Brand. He came out of a nascent South African jazz scene in 1959 with The Jazz Epistles, a group that included trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Though his profile has never reached Masekela-like heights--the trumpeter's fame shot sky high with a huge number one pop chart hit in 1968, “Grazin' in the Grass"--Dollar ...


Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya: Sotho Blue

Read "Sotho Blue" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim's Ekaya is more an expression of the South African's musical philosophy than a fixed combo; musicians have come and gone and his collaborators have changed completely since its inception in 1983. Ekaya is not about personalities, but about music born of South Africa and the Afro-American experience. Speaking of Ekaya, Ibrahim states, “Its ...


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