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Abdullah Ibrahim (1934- )

Abdullah Ibrahim (born 9 October 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa), formerly known as Adolph Johannes Brand, and as Dollar Brand, is a South African pianist and composer.

from The Guardian (UK) Saturday December 8, 2001

Born in one of South Africa's worst ghettoes, he went into exile with a style of jazz that made him famous internationally and an icon at home. Maya Jaggi on the musician who now believes that Islam and eastern philosophy saved his life and deepened his music.

In September last year Ibrahim was diagnosed as having prostate cancer, but considers himself "fortunate because I changed my lifestyle 30 years ago". A vegetarian, teetotaller and karate expert, he is a devotee of the 17th-century Japanese samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi, who distilled the philosophies of Zen, Shinto and Confucius. Ibrahim says: "Practising martial arts, one has a better sense of one's own physical routine; I identified that something was not right." A New York neurologist - "who happened to be a piano player" - recommended eight weeks' radiation therapy, and he now appears clear of the disease.

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