Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and saxophonist Talib Qadr, who doubles on soprano and alto, are mostly heard singing and chanting during Ibrahim's religious piece "Ishmael," a heartfelt but to tribute to the pianist's Islamic faith. His other originals, which sometimes find Ibrahim playing soprano, are also quite spiritual, featuring a lot of emphasis on the melody statements and pure religious passion from the quartet, which also includes bassist Greg Brown and drummer John Betsch.
Recorded March 11, 1979, at Studio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart.
Ibrahim briefly returned to South Africa in the mid-1970s, having in 1968 converted to Islam (with the resultant change of name from Dollar Brand to Abdullah Ibrahim). He met Rashid Vally at the latter's Kohinoor record shop in Johannesburg in the early 1970s, and Vally produced two of Ibrahim's albums in the following years. The pair produced a third album in 1974, titled Underground in Africa, in which Ibrahim abandoned his financially unsuccessful folk-infused jazz of the previous albums . Africa – Tears and Laughter.
Africa : Tears & Laughter is a world fusion music album recording by ABDULLAH IBRAHIM (DOLLAR BRAND) released in 1980 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette.
The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused with the improvisation of jazz and the technical proficiency of classical music by South Africa-born pianist Dollar Brand or, as he's called himself since converting to Islam in 1968, Abdullah Ibrahim. Tracklist: 01. Tsakve 02. The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain 03. Ishmael 04. Did You Hear That Sound 05. Liberation Dance (When Tarzan Met The African Freeedom Fighter) 06.
sakve . he Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain . shmael . id You Hear That Sound . iberation Dance (When Tarzan Met The African Freedom Fighter) . mam . sakve. Bass – Greg Brown (15) Drums – John Betsch Vocals, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Talib Qadr Vocals, Soprano Saxophone, Piano, Composed By – Abdullah Ibrahim.
Africa - Tears and Laughter (1979). Album by Abdullah Ibrahim. Did You Hear That Sound. was remixed in. Did You Hear That Sound (Toshio Matsuura Remix) by Toshio Matsuura (2005).
Listen to Africa - Tears and Laughter in full in the this site app. Play on this site. 1979 ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann GmbH.
Water from An Ancient Well (Vinyl) 1985. Cape Town Songs: The Very Best Of Abdullah Ibrahim 2000. African Symphony 1998. Cape Town Flowers 1996.