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Zakir Hussain

The tradition of Indian percussion has been revolutionalized by tabla player Zakir Hussain. The son of Ustad Allah Rakha, the long time collaborator of Ravi Shankar, Hussain has inherited his father's quest for bringing the music of India to the international stage. His recording credits include albums with George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Saunders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. His work with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead have included performances and albums with the Diga Rhythm Band and Planet Drum. Hussain joined with British guitarist John McLaughlin and Indian violinist L. Shankar to form the east-meets-west supergroup, Shakti, in 1975. Although the group disbanded in 1978, they reunited to tour as Remember Shakti in 1998. Hussain has been equally successful as a bandleader. During the 1980s, he toured with Zakir Hussain's Rhythm Experience. His debut solo album, Making Music, released in 1987, was called "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded". In 1992, Hussain launched a record label, Monument Records, that focused on Indian music. A lengthy list of awards have been bestowed upon Hussain throughout his career. In 1988, he became the youngest percussionist to be awarded the title "Padma Shri" by the Indian government. Two years later, he recieved the Indo-Ameican award in tribute to his contributions to furthering relations between the United States and India. Planet Drum, an album co-produced with Hart in 1992, received a Grammy for "best world music album", a NARM Indie Best Seller award and won the Downbeat Critics Poll for "Best world music album". Still a youngster when he began to attract attention with his virtuosic playing, Hussain began his musical career at the age of seven and was touring by the age of twelve. In 1970, he made his American debut as accompanist for Ravi Shankar. Three years later, he became the leader of the Tal Vadya Rhythm Band. The group subsequently evolved into the Diga Rhythm Band. In 1976, the band collaborated on a self-titled album with Mickey Hart. Hussain has performed on the soundtracks of numerous films including Apocalypse Now!, In Custody and Little Buddha. At the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, he was nominated for an award as composer and music director of the film, Heat And Dust. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Comments

david.bloomf i e l d 8
The apple does'nt fall far from the tree
amazing
magic!!
Try Zakir's label, Moment Records.
i didnt realize ZAKIR IS the son of ALLA RAKHA. this is music on another level.
I concur, Maurice Raul Green, his Youtube stuff is pure unbridled forlorn joy..so glad he is in the world.
I've seen Indian music live very few times unfortunatel y , and I found this great tabla player on Youtube and was entranced and decided I needed to hear more. Beautiful playing.
abhee.b
This was/is my the most favorite Zakir Concert. I had a cassette when I was child. The album details on Pandora are wrong. This was a live recording on one of his concerts in California if I am not wrong year is 1997. Does anyone have correct album name which I can serach on iTunes and buy? If you haven't heard the first part, it contains the ultimate Teental peshkar any human being can ever produce. I am dying to buy mp3 of this. Please let me know at abhee.b@gmai l . c o m
timothypeak
precision and brilliance coupled with sensitive abandon
dewsu69
I saw Zakir with Bela Fleck last week, Zakir really stole the show.
freshies79
One of the greats.
forlorn joy in this.
casbah7
Allah speaks through Zakir's fingers...li s t e n and hear God.
juarre
cheezntoast: "Who's to Know" and "Nobody Told Me"
This guy tripped me out last week at the Aspen Music Festival. He played with Bella Fleck.
I have seen Zakir three times and loved every second as privileged listener.
CHEEZNTOAST : you may be thinking of RAGA ABERI, a favorite of mine but sublimely intense and ETERNAL LIGHT, same group, both steals if you can find them. I purchased mine at their concert. For beauty, try Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Vol2 raga KEDAR label, or Hariprasad & Zakir on VENU,+ RAGA-S DU NORD, both albums I have used as my go to sleep or relax music for years. Best of luck, to you.
So glad you are in the world.
seen him live twice....spe c t a c u l a r !
He accompanied a man named Shankar, who plays the double violin, in a quartet for at least two albums, please does anyone know the names of these recordings? And can we get them on Pandora? Probably the most beautiful music I have ever heard, in any genre...
azarel93105
A true pleasure...

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