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first_img29 October 2008Musical genius and beacon of South African pride Abdullah Ibrahim will again perform for his loyal local fans. With a history of world-class concert appearances and a worldwide fan base, Ibrahim is returning home to inspire.The pianist and composer will perform his new solo piano piece, entitled “Senzo”, meaning “ancestor” in both Chinese and Japanese, at the Artscape in Cape Town on 1 November, at Durban’s Jazz Centre on 5 and 6 November, and at the Wits Great Hall in Johannesburg on 7 November.“‘Senzo’ is a journey through sound – striving towards our individual and collective home,” says Ibrahim.Longtime followers of Ibrahim will find themselves amply rewarded with his live show. Built around the Abdullah Ibrahim Trio that has been breathing life into the performer’s repetoire for the past 12 years, the show features Ibrahim on piano and New Yorkers Belden Bullock and George Gray on bass and drums respectively.The shows will give Ibrahim’s fans a chance to see him perform the solo piano concerts that have drawn rapt responses when performed in the most important venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican in London and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.Other unique solo piano concert venues have included the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, Japan – a first ever performance at the historic monastery and a tribute to the importance of Zen philosophy and the martial arts in Ibrahim’s life. The latter has seen Ibrahim earn a “Menkyo Kaiden” (an 8th degree black belt and a licence to teach) through his 40 years study with Great Grand Master Soke Tonegawa Sensei in Japan.An African musical geniusBorn in Cape Town in 1934, Ibrahim has been described as a South African icon, an African genius and an internationally revered piano player by critics.As a child, Ibrahim remembers listening to traditional African songs, religious music and jazz – all of which are reflected in his music. He received his first piano lessons in 1941 and became a professional musician in 1949 playing for the Tuxedo Slickers and, later, the Willie Max Big Band.In 1959 he met alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi, who convinced him to devote his life to music. His international music career blossomed in 1962 when the Dollar Brand Trio (with Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on percussion) toured Europe.What followed was a marathon tour of Europe, the United States and Japan with appearances at major music festivals of the world in Montreux, North Sea, Berlin, Paris and Montreal.MannenbergIn the mid-1970s, Ibrahim came back to South Africa. In June 1974, Abdullah Ibrahim, with Robbie Jansen, Basil Coetzee, Monty Weber, Morris Goldberg and Paul Michaels, recorded what was to become a beloved anthem in South Africa – Mannenberg.The album was recorded against a backdrop of forced removals as the apartheid government finalised its destruction of District Six in Cape Town, evicting coloured families from homes throughout the city. The title-track, “Mannenberg”, fused Cape jazz with African marabi to produce a melody that became a beloved anthem of hope and resistance for many South Africans.In 1976, Ibrahim returned to the United States because of the unfavourable political atmosphere in South Africa during that time.Returning to South Africa in 1990, Ibrahim embarked on numerous music projects, including a symphonic piece at the renowned Herkules Saal in Munich, Germany, and a premiere of “Cape Town Traveller”, a multi-media production at the Leipzig music festival in 1999.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

first_img19 March 2013Experts from the BRICS group of countries have given their backing to the creation of a BRICS development bank, as well as an alternative to Western rating agencies for educational institutions, says the executive director of Russia’s National Committee for BRICS studies, Georgy Toloraya.The fifth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit will take place in Durban next week.Officials from the five countries met in Durban over a weekend earlier this month for a workshop aimed at mapping out a long-term strategy for a mooted consortium of BRICS think tanks.The experts held three days of sessions in the run-up to the summit, where they agree to establish a council of think tanks and to “support the idea of a BRICS bank”, Toloraya said last week.Toloraya said the first phase such a financial institution would serve as a centre of analysis.“We use World Bank and International Monetary Fund statistics and analytical reports all the time, as we have no such instruments of our own. A future BRICS Investment Bank is seen as a mechanism that would help realize where money should go, agree development strategies and coordinate investment,” Toloraya said.The experts also speculated that the BRICS countries might conclude preferential trade agreements. “It will not be a free trade zone yet, but a first step towards it. Settlements in national currencies are not ruled out,” Toloraya saidThe recommendation to create a BRICS rating agency for educational establishments has similar reasons behind it.“None of our universities is high on the Western rating lists. In the meantime, the Silicon Valley in the United States is crowded with Russians,” Toloraya said, adding that Western university ratings relied on publications in Western magazines and on Western awards.“Such an agency would be rather easy to set up. When we know how we rate ourselves, possibly students will decide to go to study in Russia or elsewhere, and not in the United States,” he said.Toloraya sees the BRICS grouping as an “intellectual project for formulating new rules of global co-existence”.An association of countries located on four continents was “an alliance of civilizations which will never develop into a military bloc,” he said. “BRICS is an elite project, an attempt by rising powers to safeguard their interests together.“BRICS is a civilized attempt at coming to terms as to what a future world order should be. It is not accidental that the group’s participants are advocates of non-interference in internal affairs and of the rule of international law.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgThis video was created by MacBreakStudio. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for animating logos in Motion?Share in the comments below. The following video tutorial demonstrates a solid workflow for creating an animated logo in Motion.Apple Motion is a powerful motion graphic design software specially designed for functionality with Final Cut Pro. While arguably not as powerful as software such as Adobe After Effects or The Foundry’s Nuke, Motion still serves as a great tool for people who desire to make professional quality motion graphics or composites.Is most of your motion graphics work for corporate clients? If so,  knowing how to create awesome motion logos is imperative. In the following video, the guys from MacBreak Studio show you how to use Motion to create an animated logo. The video covers:Layers and animationZoomingUsing shape layersEditing gradient layersDuplicating layersUsing the replicatorRoundness parametersUsing the font editorlast_img read more

first_imgSenior Congress leader in charge of Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday said that the party’s central leadership will not hold talks with Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA). He also clarified that the alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will be retained for the Assembly polls later this year. “Only the State leaders will decide on whether to ally with the VBA and how many seats should be given to it,” Mr. Kharge told reporters at the end of a two-day meeting to review the party’s performance in Mumbai and Konkan.The VBA was formed before Lok Sabha polls after an alliance between Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh of Mr. Ambedkar and AIMIM, led by Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. The VBA contested all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra in the recently conducted general elections and is seen responsible for breaking anti-BJP vote bank, resulting in defeat of Congress candidates in around nine seats. Maharashra Congress committee president Ashok Chavan too lost his Nanded seat and had blamed the VBA for dividing anti-BJP votes. Mr. Ambedkar has earlier said he would talk to the Congress central leadership on an alliance. However, after Mr. Kharge’s statement on Friday, the VBA leader will have to hold talks with the state leadership. After the review meeting, Mr. Kharge said, “We have formed a five-member committee. The committee will travel all districts in the state within one month. A report will then be presented to the state congress. Any office-bearer who has not worked in the party’s interests will be sacked.” Accepting that at several places, Congress allies did not work in the party candidate’s favour, Mr. Kharge said despite that the alliance will be retained. “We have prepared a primary list of seats which will be left for the allies,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress has demanded Airoli Assembly seat in Navi Mumbai which is at present held by NCP’s Sandip Naik.last_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more