“I had a dream to perform with the saxophone.”
And it was a dream come true for Ibrahim, having only played the Saxophone since June last year!
Originally from the Maldives, Ibrahim has been playing music for around 25 years drawing influences from Latin, Jazz, Reggae, and Rock, with guitar being his weapon of choice.
It’s always refreshing to come across performances that aren’t simply guitar & vocals, and the crowd at Bar Oussou was certainly intrigued by the uniqueness.
Whilst he was apprehensive about the performance, Ibrahim performed like a pro; we had no idea this was his first saxophone performance until he told us.
He plays Open Mic Nights to iron out the kinks and smooth out any musical mistakes.
“I feel very happy when I see people dancing – that’s when I know they like the stuff I’m playing.”
His advice for musicians starting out is to have balance:
“Most young musicians are very talented, but they have no concept of having a balanced sound when playing in a group.”
Playing live for so many years, Ibrahim says with a hint of resignation,
“Live music is dying.”
So make sure you help sustain the culture by swinging through Bar Oussou’s Open Mic night – you might just find Ibrahim’s catchy jazz-influenced tunes on the saxophone.