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McNeese Banners Presents Film and Concert on Jazz Master

March 29, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
Abdullah Ibrahim

Two special events
featuring international jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim are up next for Banners at
McNeese State University.

A free showing of
the biographical documentary, “Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love,” will be presented
at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, in Stokes Auditorium in Hardtner Hall. Seating for the documentary is available on a first-come, first-serve

This film will
provide an intimate inside glimpse of the artist just one week prior to his special
live performance with his acclaimed band Ekaya at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in
F.G. Bulber Auditorium.

Born in 1934,
Ibrahim is an internationally renowned composer and pianist. Known for a
distinctive style influenced by his childhood in Cape Town, South Africa,
Ibrahim’s music is a blend of modern jazz, African sons, gospel, CapeMalay and
classical music.

Under the name Dollar
Brand, he spearheaded Cape Town’s be-bop infused jazz movement, and has played
alongside musical greats such as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Duke
Ellington. Ibrahim has been the recipient of the South African Music Lifetime
Achievement Award.

On April 15,
Ibrahim will receive the Jazz Master Fellowship – our nation’s highest award
for jazz musicianship – from the National Endowment of the Arts at the Kennedy
Center in New York.

 “A Struggle for Love” (2005) chronicles
Ibrahim’s life and contributions to international world music and features artists
Sathima Bea Benjamin, Belden Bullock, Sammy Martiz, Cups Nkanuka, Ben Riley and
Horace Alexander. The film is presented by special permission from the filmmaker,
Ciro Cappellari.

Tickets for the live performance are $20 for adults, $5 for students under 18 and free for McNeese and Sowela students with current IDs.

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-456-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired or by email at