Unearthed: An exclusive interview with Abdullah Ibrahim published by The Wire in 1984
This November, Le Guess Who? will feature a spellbinding solo piano performance by Abdullah Ibrahim, South Africa’s most eminent pianist, anti-apartheid activist and a world-respected master musician. Abdullah Ibrahim's effervescent music is instantly recognizable, taking the audience on a journey through gospel and jive, American jazz and classical music. Once heard, his music holds a special place in the heart of the listener.
To find out more about Abdullah Ibrahim's life, inspirations and faith, as well as the role his music plays in the freedom struggle, read this in-depth interview by Graham Lock.
This article was published in The Wire Magazine issue 8, October 1984. It is reproduced here by permission of The Wire and Graham Lock. A slightly different version of the article was published in Graham Lock’s book Chasing The Vibration (Stride, 1994).