Behold: a legend is at hand. At 87 years old, the man whom Mandela described as the “South African Mozart” has spanned eras and continents, and rubbed shoulders with the greatest, from Duke Ellington to John Coltrane. Born in Cape Town and taught to play the piano by his grandmother, Ibrahim soaked up the many sounds and cultures that animated this port city, but also the dissonance created by apartheid. Recorded at home during confinement, his latest album Solotude is a marvel of soothing simplicity and plenitude.
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