Abdullah Ibrahim performs at Harrogate Festival

A symbol of South Africa’s rich musical heritage and its political struggles, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim has carved a distinctive sound, combining the rich harmonies and traditions of South Africa’s township music with the openness and creativity of jazz.

Ibrahim’s music travels a journey from evocative and delicately pitched ballads to infectious swing that resonates with the exuberant chant-like vigour of his native land, to create music that is melodic, approachable and absolutely compelling.

At this year’s Harrogate Festival Abdullah will be joined by his seven-piece band Ekaya – the only UK concert featuring this celebrated septet project. Joined by his long-established rhythm team of Belden Bullock (bass) and George Gray (drums), and a consummate New York horn section that inhabit and transform the music, the band will perform material from landmark albums such as “African River” and “Capetown Flowers”.

Sunday 3rd July 2011
Harrogate Festival
Abdullah Ibrahim – piano
Cleave Guyton – alto sax, flute
Keith Loftis – tenorsax
Mark Williams – trombone
Tony Kofi – baritone sax
Belden Bullock – bass
George Gray – drums
£60-£5 + bkg
0845 130 8840