"Echo to Abdullah Ibrahim" by Didier Labbé Quartet (Fr/SA)

with South African guests Tlale Makhene (percussion) and Mbulelo Ngubombini (contemporary dance)
South African tour | 26 June - 3 July 2014

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From left to right: Didier Labbé Quartet, percussionist Tlale Makhene and dancer Mbulelo Ngubombini

Established around 10 years ago, the Didier Labbé Quartet has performed over 300 concerts in France and abroad, produced five repertoires and recorded 4 albums.

In 2010, the quartet left the Mediterranean to the African continent to perform "Echo to Abdullah Ibrahim", a tribute to the South African composer and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. This creation highlights some compositions of the South African pianist also known as Dollar Brand, which constitute a source of Didier Labbé's inspiration to compose an original repertoire "echoing" the music of Abdullah Ibrahim.

Also, Abdullah Ibrahim’s music reflects the complexity of the identity of his country through the rich and diverse songs borrowed from Cape Malay to African traditional music, the popular hits of the time, the carnival music, standards jazz and Afro-American religious music.

Abdullah Ibrahim’s music is characterized both by its dominantly festive aspect and its spiritual dimension, giving it great depth.
This quartet presents some pieces from the South African composer as well as personal compositions from Didier Labbé, writing with the composer’s music in mind.

This project presents a meeting with sensitive and radiant exchanges on stage with two South African special guests.

Who are they?
Didier Labbé (saxophones, flute) ;

Laurent Guitton (tuba) ;
Jean-Luc Amestoy (accordion)
Alain Laspeyres (drums)

South African guests: 
Mbulelo Ngubombini, contemporary dancer from Cape Town Ikapa Dance Theatre

& Tlale Makhene and his percussions powerful solos.

Where to see them?
Thursday 26 June at 20h00

Didier Labbé Quartet with guest Mbulelo Ngubombini (contemporary dance)
Onpointe Dance & Wellness Center, 122 Loop Street, 5th floor, Cape Town
R50 on Quicket 

Friday 27 June at 18h00

Alliance Française of Pretoria, 99 Rivier Street, Sunnyside
Free / food & drinks for sale

Saturday 28 June from 10am

with guest Tlale Makhene (percussion)
Fête de la Musique, Johannesburg

Sunday 29 June at 20h00
with guest Tlale Makhene (percussion)
The Orbit, 81 De Korte, Braamfontein
R100 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the door

Thursday 3 July at 22h00

with guests Mbulelo Ngubombini (contemporary dance) and Tlale Makhene (percussion)
Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival, Grahamstown

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"Echo to Abdullah Ibrahim" was presented as part of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013