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Here is a portrait of the great Yusef Lateef ( 9th October 1920 - 23 December 2013 ) hand painted by Abdul Mati.
Article by Rob Young in The Wire 1998
IN 1960, AN artist called Abdul Mati sent a copy of a portrait he had made of jazz saxophonist Yusef Lateef to the musician himself. Lateef, a Muslim, liked the painting—Lateef's bald pate almost swamped by a sea of encroaching flora—and sensed a kinship: he wrote back with a salutation to his "Dear Bro", and offers of record sleeves in the future. Abdul Mati approached Lateef one evening after a gig at New York's Five Spot, but when Lateef saw that this ... Read More.
By Ftc Skateboards
“This provocative interpretation, a winged and tattooed Gabriel is depicted astride a conga drum, pointing heavenwards to a Hebrew Aleph symbol (signifying beginning), with a dark-skinned and naked Mary surrounded by images of fertility. "Drums were always used to announce something," Mati said. "They were a medium of communication in Africa." To the left are three Wodaabe Charm Dancers, perhaps representing the Three Kings, and an image of Mati himself.”
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By Astro Runners
An old interview on Astro Runners a new Brazilian based website.