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Talking Music: A Life in Jazz


Oct 15 2015


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Talking Music - A Life in Jazz

Talking Music: A Life in Jazz

A Conversation with Abdullah Ibrahim and Nathaniel Mackey

Duke professor and acclaimed poet Nathaniel Mackey talked with South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim about his wide-ranging career in music. Ibrahim played with his ensemble Ekaya on Friday, October 16, in Baldwin Auditorium.

Free and open to the public. A part of an on-going series, Talking Music: Conversations with Scholars, Writes, Archivists, and Artists, co-sponsored by Duke Performances, the Forum for Scholars, and the Duke Africa Initiative. 

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“In a similarity some of Ibrahim’s first listeners recognized between Thelonious Monk’s music and Ibrahim’s, Mackey could hear another principle that structures his playing and philosophy: the relationship between breath and memory.” —Tsitsi Jaji, PRACTICE: Listening to Nathaniel Mackey and Abdullah Ibrahim, Forum Online

The Duke Chronicle‘s Lucy Zhang wrote about Ibrahim’s discussion with Nathaniel Mackey for the October 22 issue of the newspaper.


Nathaniel Mackey

Duke University

Poet, novelist, and critic Nathaniel Mackey is Duke University’s Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing. He joined Duke’s faculty in 2010, after his work as a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Nathaniel Mackey works in the areas of modern and postmodern literature in the U.S. and the Caribbean, creative…...

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Abdullah Ibrahim

Since signing his first record deal under the patronage of Duke Ellington in 1964, South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim has made a staggering fifty-two albums as pianist and bandleader and has played a central role in his country’s twentieth-century musical and political landscape. Born into the rich culture of pre-Apartheid Cape…...

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