ABDULLAH IBRAHIM / “Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening”

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4 Responses to “ABDULLAH IBRAHIM / “Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening””

rich Says:
March 20th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

thanks for the background, kalamu, fascinating reading. abdullah toured here (australia) with a trio a few years back. he played an open air festival for the WOMAD organization. it was a beautiful afternoon and his free-flowing, warm and enegaging music was increadibly uplifting. it is wonderful to be able to read more about his background

Daniel Ortiz Says:
April 12th, 2014 at 4:52 am

Incredible articule, thank you so much. I come from Spain and discovered this song through the Robbie Jansen and the Sons of the Table Mountain years ago, could not stop listening to it every sunday as other go to church, That was the iceberg tip for me to dig and dig down to Cape Town jazz festivals and reaching the source of Mr. Ibrahim recording track of Mannenberg (a Mountain of men), from Hilton Shilder to Dollar Brand, from Robbie Jansen alto to Basil Coetzee Tenor, as if the music had spoken its universal language because only later I discovered the profound meaning of the song for a whole nation yearning for peace and freedom.
Thanx for sharing,
Greetings from Madrid.

Peta Says:
June 11th, 2015 at 6:35 am

Good to read the background to Thai song I used to listen to I. The 70’s in Melbourne, Australia with African international students. Had the delight to hear the dulcet tones of Ibrahim’s piano this year when he came down under!

Munirah Says:
September 4th, 2015 at 4:41 am

Thank you for the history. It’s wonderful to be able to immerse myself in reading about Mannenberg as well as listening to it as often as I do. I bought Voices of Africa a few years ago and listened occasionally. Since last year I’ve been playing it daily sometimes on repeat. My favourites are Mannenberg and The Pilgrim. I wanted to know more about Mannenberg when I found myself singing this tune to myself on my way too work or just randomly. This has brought me to your site and the fantastic review and interview with Abdullah Ibrahim. The opening thunderclap on the first track is symbolic of the album as a whole – releasing, enlivening, soothing, and above all a meditation. Give Thanks.

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