This compilation was released on the occasion of Abdullah Ibrahim's 70th birthday, 50th anniversary as a recording artist, and the 35th anniversary as an artist on ENJA.
Mastered at DAS Studio, Munich. All music published by EKAPA (ASCAP) / Edition MAWI (GEMA).
Photographs by Ciro Cappellari (cine+) from the movie "Abdullah Ibrahim - A struggle for love". Design by Brey Graphics.
Track 1 is from "Good News From Africa" (ENJA 2048), recorded 1973. Courtesy of ENJA records Horst Weber GmbH.
Track 2 is an edited version from "Various Artists - The More We Know" (ENJ-9400 2), recorded in 1976.
Track 3 and 4 are from "Africa - Tears And Laughter" (ENJ-3039 2), recorded 1979.
Track 5 is from "Echoes From Africa" (ENJ-3047 2), recorded 1979.
Track 6 and 7 are from "Mindif" (ENJ-5073 2), recorded in 1988.
Track 8 is from "Desert Flowers" (ENJ-7011 2), recorded in 1991.
Track 9 and 11 are from "Water From An Ancient Well" (TIP-888 812 2), recorded in 1985.
Track 10 is from "South Africa" (ENJ-5007 2), recorded in 1983.
Track 12 is from "African Suite" (TIP-888 832 2), recorded in 1997.
Track 13 is from "re:Brahim - Abdullah Ibrahim Remixed" (NIN-1903 2), remixed in 2004.
On the LP "Good News From Africa" (track 1), Ibrahim and Dyani appear as Dollar Brand Duo, but are not credited as such on this compilation.
Another catalog number appears on the release, though less prominently than the ENJ-9476 2: DEA 590407600
To celebrate the 70th birthday of pianist/composer/bandleader Abdullah Ibrahim and his 35th year recording for Enja, this set of previously released music was put out in 2005. The liner notes sum up his life well and the picturesque music is diverse, highlighted by the celebratory "African Market Place," "The Mountain," and "Mindif," although surprisingly the beautiful "The Wedding" is not included. Ibrahim has recorded so much material through the years that a single CD cannot sum up his legacy, and this one only covers part of his long recording career, which began around 1960. Ibrahim is heard with several different groups (including a string orchestra on "Mannenberg Revisited"), with six of the 13 selections being with a trio, duo, or solo. The one minus is the concluding "Calypso Minor Remixed," which is an unnecessary attempt to "update" Ibrahim's music through the utilization of DJ Explizit; the results are dull and trivial. Although worth picking up for those unfamiliar with the masterful Abdullah Ibrahim's music, his more unified projects are superior acquisitions.
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