Abdullah Ibrahim

South African Jazz Icon Abdullah Ibrahim Confirms Concert Dates For 2024

Abdullah Ibrahim, an esteemed figure in South Africa’s jazz scene, has set the stage for an unforgettable return to his homeland after a 5-year hiatus.


  • The jazz maestro, renowned globally for his virtuoso piano performances and compositions, has unveiled concert dates for April 2024.
  • This eagerly anticipated series of performances promises to be a landmark event for music enthusiasts across South Africa.
  • Tickets for the Gauteng and Cape Town concerts will be available from 20 February 2024.
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Abdullah Ibrahim’s journey through music has been nothing short of extraordinary, spanning 9-decades and nearly every corner of the globe. Hailing from District Six in South Africa, Abdullah emerged as a pivotal figure in the country’s jazz landscape, shaping its unique sound with a blend of Cape Town flavour and bebop influences. His illustrious career saw him collaborate with legendary figures like Duke Ellington, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and more, leaving an indelible mark on the genre.


The upcoming concerts hold special significance for Abdullah, as they mark a homecoming to the very venues where his musical odyssey began. In Cape Town, he will grace the iconic City Hall stage, a place redolent with memories of his first professional performance at the tender age of 16. Reflecting on the significance of these performances, Abdullah has expressed profound gratitude for the opportunity to return to his roots and share his music with his fellow South Africans.


Central to Abdullah Ibrahim’s return is the launch of his M7 Foundation in Johannesburg, a testament to his commitment to nurturing young talent and preserving the rich legacy of South African jazz. From the state-of-the-art SunBet Arena at Time Square in Gauteng to the historic City Hall in Cape Town, each venue holds a unique resonance, reflecting the diverse tapestry of Abdullah’s musical journey.


For Abdullah, music transcends mere notes and melodies; it serves as a vehicle for resistance and resilience. In the face of apartheid’s oppressive regime, jazz became a symbol of defiance, offering solace and solidarity to a divided nation. Abdullah’s own exile from South Africa during tumultuous times only deepened his resolve to amplify the voice of his people through his music.


Despite the passage of time and the challenges encountered along the way, Abdullah’s commitment to his craft remains unwavering. His latest album, aptly titled ‘3’ captures the essence of his live performances, showcasing his improvisational prowess alongside fellow musicians Cleave Guyton Jr and Noah Jackson. The album, recorded at London’s prestigious Barbican Hall, serves as a testament to Ibrahim’s enduring creative spirit.


As Abdullah approaches his 90th year, these concerts stand as a testament to a lifelong dream realized. They represent not only a celebration of his remarkable career but also a reaffirmation of his deep-seated connection to his homeland. In a world fraught with uncertainty, Abdullah Ibrahim’s music serves as a beacon of hope and healing, transcending boundaries and uniting audiences across generations.


Abdullah Ibrahim Concert Dates:

  • 12 April 2024: Cape Town City Hall
  • 14 April 2024: SunBet Arena at Time Square (Menlyn)


For fans eager to experience Abdullah Ibrahim’s transcendent music first-hand, tickets for the Gauteng and Cape Town concerts will be available starting 20 February 2024 via TicketPro.


Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a living legend in action as Abdullah Ibrahim returns to South Africa’s stage, weaving a tapestry of sound that resonates with the soul of a nation.


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