Abdullah Ibrahim awarded top honour by Japanese government

Abdullah Ibrahim (Picture: Getty Photos)

South African pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, has just acquired a top rated honour from the Japanese govt.

The planet-renowned pianist has been awarded the Japan 2020 Spring Imperial Decoration, experiences The Star.

“Ibrahim will receive The Order of the Soaring Sunlight in recognition of his lifetime accomplishment in emancipating the people of South Africa and the planet by his new music, as nicely as his contribution to Japan-South African friendship by his functions, performances and profound comprehension of Japanese society and spirituality,” the Japanese embassy stated in a assertion.

Abdullah commenced actively playing the piano when he was just fifteen years outdated. Now, as he gets one of numerous recipients this year of the prestigious award at 85 years outdated, he has a lifetime of do the job to look again on – substantially of which touched South Africans all through the apartheid struggle.

The major Cape Jazz figure’s piece, Mannenberg, turned an anti-apartheid anthem – an casual countrywide anthem of sorts to the people of South Africa. 

Listen TO MANNENBERG Listed here:

Compiled by Bashiera Parker (Resources: The Star, Cape Argus)

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