Brian McKnight & Abdullah Ibrahim
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Brian McKnight & Abdullah IbrahimPresented By: Erynne Zavala Cape Town South AfricaDemographics
Land mass: 2,499 sq. kilometersPopulation: 2,893,251 and a population density of 1,158 people per sq km (2,999 per sq mileReligion: main religion is Christianity, practiced by almost 80% of residents. Approximately 10% are Muslim, with less than 1% each Jewish and Hindu. Is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the worldEthnicities: Black Africans, Nguni and Sotho groups account for 90% of the Black population. Black population accounts 75% of the South Africa's entire population. Whites account for about 13%. Indians account for around 3 % . Mixed White and Black descent and account for 9% of the population.
Instrument!Because youve probably never seen one before
Abdullah IbrahimBorn in Cape Town South Africa
Recalls traditional African music, religious music, and jazz
Received first piano lesson in 1941, became a professional musician in 1949
Member of the Tuxedo Slickers and Willie Max Big Band
Met Kippi Moeketski , devoted his life to music
Married African jazz singer Samitha Bea Benjamin
Very proud of African roots, believes music is healing and has the power to transform
Led the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Toured the world, upon returning to South Africa could not deal with the oppression
"We played a lot of boogie woogie back then. It had structure very similar to our native songs. We never regarded the music as foreign; it was just the music of our brothers and sisters in another part of the world. And in our corner there were great piano players: they didn't play Jazz however; they played tradition...pure African Tradition."
Biography Continued"Kippi's life was not wasted! How could it be when it was Kippi who gave us everything we know? We have just built on from what he has taught us." Influenced Keith Jarrot and George Winston s work
Dealt with oppression and Apartheid
In 1965 played solo concert at Carnegie Hall
African Space Program in New York
For Coltrane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjZLnWl8RTE&feature=related
To John Coltrane from Ibrahim
Melody: no set melodyMedium: PIANOMeter: no set time signatureForm: gradually increases in tempo and volumeStyle: jazz, traditional African influences, improvinisation usedContext: written for John ColtraneBrian McKnight"The sentiments must be real, the melodies must be magic. I want to create moods everyone can feel. Records don't need to be perfect, but they do need character."
"The music I write and the songs I sing must first move me"
Signed a recording contract at the age of 19
Vocal style influenced by Stevie Wonder
Attended Oakwood College
Worked with many mainstream artists
Known for his stirring pieces of music
Loved church music but Jazz stimulated his mind
Expelled from College
Biography ContinuedJazz is all about improvisation and it's about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you'll never do it this way twice. I've studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan.
First single was One Last Cry
Nominated for four Grammies
Received NAACP Image Award
Released seven albums
Still In Lovehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=NH1NGp6AJFg&feature=endscreen
My husband WILL sing this to me one day