[Ahmed] and the legacy of Ahmed Abdul-Malik

The writer and broadcaster Edward George explores the multiple resonances, versions and iterations of the jazz ensemble [Ahmed] and the inspiration behind them, Ahmed Abdul-Malik.

In what was an experimental take on the live ‘in conversation’, Edward took to the stage at Glasgow’s community central halls to develop his theory around the strangeness of jazz and how the version echoes back through the history of the form, linking past and future. In this podcast we hear excerpts from Edward’s talk alongside an interview with pianist Pat Thomas and saxophonist Seymour Wright who discuss the legacy of Abdul- Malik, the history of jazz and its roots in the Islamic communities of West Africa.

*Note: this podcast contains some swearing.

Podcast Credits

Produced by Alannah Chance for Counterflows At Home.

[Ahmed] (France/UK/Sweden)

The quartet of Pat Thomas, Antonin Gerbal, Joel Grip and Seymour Wright make music of heavy rhythm, repetition and syncopation set deep into an understanding of jazz and the obscure depths of its history. Read more

Edward George (UK)

Edward George is a writer and broadcaster. Founder of Black Audio Film Collective, George wrote and presented the ground-breaking science fiction documentary Last Angel of History (1996). George is part of the multimedia duo Flow Motion, and the electronic music group Hallucinator. Read more