Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening

Abdullah Ibrahim - Voice of Africa

Abdullah Ibrahim – Voice of Africa

I wanted to start with The Waterboys “Song from the End of the World” as the blog title Furious Music comes from the lyrics of this song. However, this is no longer in my collection (an Amazon delivery is expected soon!). Plan B was to start with “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, a Velvet Underground song cover by the Oysterband and June Tabor from their album “Freedom and Rain”. Guess what! Despite owning two copies of this cd at one stage, I can’t lay my hands on either!

Then I heard today, on the BBC News, that Helen Suzman, the South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, had died aged 91. Decision made; what better way to honour one great South African than to post a track by another – Abdullah Ibrahim. “Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening” comes from a 1976/77 album “Voice of Africa” originally released under his then name, Dollar Brand. Despite having never visited South Africa, when I play this cd I can conjure up a picture of the country in my mind’s eye.

So; day 1, post 1 – a short post and a long track. Probably the ideal mix!

Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening

3 thoughts on “Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg Is Where It’s Happening

  1. Birthe and Iain

    Exciting and thoughtful we like the reference to Helen S

    Keep up the good work,then we can give up ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4

  2. Dill

    Abdullah Ibrahim – great man. I have this in my collection, too, and it still gets a regular airing after all this time.

    RIP – Helen Suzman.

  3. Frances Turner

    Excellent New Year’s resolution Dad, will look forward to hearing lots of interesting stuff from your collection.

    Oh, and at least one of your copies of “Freedom and Rain” has now taken up residence in my flat . . .

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