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Abdullah Ibrahim

South African piano great Abduallah Ibrahim shares his inspirations. Plus exclusive previews from this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival by saxophonist Soweto Kinch and more.

Kevin Le Gendre presents an interview with piano great and anti-apartheid activist Abdullah Ibrahim, dubbed “South Africa’s Mozart” by Nelson Mandela. Looking back over his five-decade career, Ibrahim shares some of the music that has inspired and influenced him, along with tales of jazz listening parties in the townships, his mentor Duke Ellington, and his philosophies on life and music.

Elsewhere in the programme, Kevin has an exclusive preview of this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with live recordings from saxophonist Soweto Kinch, rising star drummer Jas Kayser and more.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sat 24 Apr 2021 21:30

Music Played

  • Soweto Kinch


    • The Black Peril.
    • Soweto Kinch Recordings.
  • Jas Kayser

    Fela's Words

    • Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2021.
  • Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey

    Children Of Flint

    • Uneasy.
    • ECM Records.
  • Cosmic Vibrations

    Motherless Child

    • Pathways & Passages.
    • Spiritmuse Records.
  • Jimmy Giuffre, Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer

    The Train and The River

    • Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958.
    • Fresh Sound Records.
  • Ayanna Witter-Johnson

    Declaration of Rights

    • Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2021.
  • Sounds of A & R

    Social Call

    • Questions Left Unanswered.
    • Soaring Records.
  • Amanda Whiting

    Messed Up

    • After Dark.
    • Jazzman.
  • Betty Carter, Geri Allen, Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette


    • Love Notes.
    • Jazz Door.
  • Abdullah Ibrahim

    Mannenberg Revisited

    • Water From An Ancient Well.
    • Blackhawk Records.
  • Sonny Rollins

    Blue Seven

    • Saxophone Colossus.
    • Prestige.
  • Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie & Thelonious Monk

    My Melancholy Baby

    • Bird and Diz.
    • Verve Label Group.
  • Duke Ellington & Mahalia Jackson

    Part IV (Come Sunday)

    • Black Brown & Beige.
    • Columbia.
  • Max Roach & Clifford Brown


    • Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.
    • EmArcy Records.
  • Warmer Than Blood


    • Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2021.


  • Sat 24 Apr 2021 21:30