Item - ABDULLAH IBRAHIM: A STRUGGLE FOR LOVE

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ABDULLAH IBRAHIM: A STRUGGLE FOR LOVE

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58 mins
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Director: Ciro Cappellari: Germany, 2004.
Producer: Produktion/1 for ZDF in association with ARTE
Although he spent many years in exile, Abdullah Ibrahim has retained a great love for Cape Town, the city where he was born and where, today, he makes his home. Both the city and its people have inspired much of his music and in this documentary he reflects on his life, both locally and abroad. He is shown meeting with old friends, who recall the early years when they played together under various restrictions, but also interacting with young musicians, including a visit to the Manenberg People’s Centre. In South Africa he is depicted playing at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, after which the film accompanies him on a return visit to Switzerland, where he first met Duke Ellington, the man who was largely responsible for launching his international career. He is also shown visiting New York, where he discusses a number of personal issues, including his search for an inner life, his conversion to Islam and his relationship with his family. Various people add their observations, notably singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, with whom he has had a long relationship.

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