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STAR: Ebrahim Khalil Shihab on stage. CREDIT: Bertram Malgas

Comeback show in District Six.

There were lots of people at the District Six Homecoming Centre on Friday who wanted to Give a Little Love.

Ebrahim Khalil Shihab, 70, the composer of the classic Cape Town hit, made a comeback to the stage and performed with a quartet to show that he may be oud, maar glad nie koud nie.

There were quite a few famous faces who came out to support the piano man, including actress Quanita Adams, theatre legend Terry Fortune and hip hop artist Jitsvinger.

Quanita is Shihab’s niece and says it’s been a while since she’s seen him: “The last time I saw him was in Swaziland.”

Shihab worked overseas in Shanghai and the Middle East for many years and says he is happy to be back home: “It’s so nice to see so many familiar faces.”

Fan Clive Sieglaar remembers the pianist and his Schilder brothers (Shihab’s surname before he converted to Islam) very well.

“Of course Ebrahim is the youngest brother so back then he was still small, but he’s just as talented,” said Clive.

Singer Sophia Foster and her friends were also there and she says she wouldn’t miss the music session for anything.

“I am enjoying this show, he is just awesome,” said Sophia.

Rapper Jitsvinger added: “I’m a child of all music and Cape Jazz has a story that still has to be told.”

Everyone enjoyed the music, many of the songs which were Shihab’s own compositions.

The piano man received a standing ovation when he closed the show with Give a Little Love.

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