July 25, 2024


Art Is Experience

Abdullah Ibrahim awarded top honour by Japanese government

Abdullah Ibrahim (Photo: Getty Images)

Abdullah Ibrahim (Image: Getty Photographs)

South African pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim, has just obtained a prime honour from the Japanese governing administration.

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

“Ibrahim will acquire The Order of the Soaring Sunlight in recognition of his life time achievement in emancipating the persons of South Africa and the earth by way of his music, as nicely as his contribution to Japan-South African friendship by way of his functions, performances and profound knowing of Japanese lifestyle and spirituality,” the Japanese embassy stated in a statement.

Abdullah commenced taking part in the piano when he was just fifteen yrs old. Now, as he gets one of various recipients this 12 months of the prestigious award at eighty five yrs old, he has a life time of operate to glimpse back on – much of which touched South Africans for the duration of the apartheid wrestle.

The foremost Cape Jazz figure’s piece, Mannenberg, became an anti-apartheid anthem – an informal national anthem of kinds to the persons of South Africa. 


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