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African Sun

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camden
  • ASIN: B000024ZK1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. African Sun
  2. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
  3. Rolling
  4. Memories of You
  5. Sathima
  6. African Herbs
  7. Nobody's Knows The Trouble I've Seen
  8. Blues For B
  9. Gwidza
  10. Kamalie

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This is one of the best of the 'Africa' sessions recordings by Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand. Eaily on a par with the fabulous Blues for a Hip King this album features some truly wonderful compositions that have the Mannenberg feel that was at the heart of Ibrahim's playing (the title track, and 'Rollin' stand out) and some inspired playing from his sidemen.

The real gem on this is Kippie Moeketsi, one of South Africa's lost treasures, who plays a glorious burning solo on the title track that makes the hair stand up on my neck each time I hear it.

There is nothing on this album that disappoints, and even though the liner notes are spartan (I've never been able to find accurate recording dates on any releases of this material, including the original vinyl), you do know who plays on what. This is lively, loveable music. Wonderful South African Jazz!
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My copy was "pre-owned", as some would have us say because of the high price of a new (imported) one.
My listening pleasure was diminished because the CD does not play reliably (which is probably why the last owner ditched it).

I've often been a bit slow in getting to like Abdullah Ibrahim and my response varies depending upon the mood I am in. I persist because he is a true original and can be sublime or joyful. I'm reasonably sure that I will get to like this one more, though right now I have some doubts about the rave reviews of others.
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A wonderful cd this is. The title track really starts it off beautifully, and is certain to wake one up and let us know how good we have it today. I find no dull moments in the whole album and my particular favourites 6 and 7 just give off this insatiable ryhthm/beat that Abdulla Ibrahim seems to create with no effort and it is just outstandings stuff. He obviously has assembled some excellent musicians as usual and its great that he allows them to play, for there is no shortage off dazzling saxaphone over Abdulla's brilliance on the keyboards. Treat yourself, because they dont make many albums as good as this.
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'African Sun' boasts a wealth of great tunes and talent. The tracks date from 1971-1979, not that you would know it from the evenness of sound quality and consistency of performance. From beautiful ballad material featuring the awesome Kippie Moeketsi on alto -sax to the show stopping opener 'African Sun' there is a wonderful variety of music to enjoy here. This collection features Ibrahim with some of South Africa's best jazz musicians. As a result the level of inspiration never falters. Though it all might sound very breezy, the level of accomplishment not to mention the quality of arrangement,on display on these here grooves are not short of jaw-dropping.

If want an album that will brighten up even the gloomiest day,'African Sun' is the disc to get. Favorite tracks? The lovely 'Sathima' with its relentless bass line and the funky reworking of 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' are just great for starters. A must buy.
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It was a gift for someone else so I can't review it.
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