Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim
has celebrated his South African heritage in music ever since being forced to emigrate from his homeland in the early '60s. Considering that this CD was recorded in Cape Town, South Africa in 1997 and that apartheid is a thing of the past, it is not surprising that Ibrahim
's music is even happier than usual. The 15 songs, all originals by the pianist, are played in a continuous performance, including some old favorites ("The Wedding" and "The Mountain") plus a few newer tunes; "Someday Soon Sweet Samba" and "African Street Parade" are particularly joyous and rousing. Ibrahim
is joined by bassist Marcus McLaurine
, drummer George Gray
and (on three numbers) trumpeter Feya Faku
, whose entry on the seventh song is somewhat jarring. Overall, this is one of Abdullah Ibrahim
's best all-around sets.