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Zakir Hussain (musician)
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Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain in Munich 2001

Background information
Born9 March 1951 (age 58)
Mumbai, Maharashtra


Indian classical music


Years active1963 - present
Ustad Zakir Hussain (Hindi: ज़ाकिर हुसैन, Urdu: زاکِر حسین), (born 9 March 1951), is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and soundtrack composer. Contents
1 Early life and background
2 Musical career
o2.1 John McLaughlin collaborations
o2.2 Mickey Hart collaborations
3 Film career
4 Personal life
5 Discography
6 Filmography
7 Soundtracks
8 Awards and accolades
9 Interview
10 References
11 External links

[edit] Early life and background
Hussain was born in Mumbai, India to the legendary tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha[1]. He attended St. Michael's High School in Mahim, and graduated from St Xaviers, Mumbai.[2] [edit] Musical career

Hussain was a child prodigy, and was touring by the age of twelve. He went to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes more than 160 concert dates a year.[citation needed] He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. Hussain is a founding member of Bill Laswell's 'World Music Supergroup' Tabla Beat Science.[3] Hussain participates in the Silk Road collaborative musical project. [1] He teaches Tabla to advanced students in both San Francisco and Mumbai. Zakir participates in the Global Drum Project with percussionists from around the world. In 1992, Hussain founded Moment! Records, which features original collaborations in the field of contemporary world music, as well as live concert performances by great masters of the classical music of India. The label presents his own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti and the Masters of Percussion series. Moment Records’ 2006 release Golden Strings of the Sarode, with Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album category for that year. [edit] John McLaughlin collaborations

Hussain worked with John McLaughlin on several Indo-Jazz projects, beginning with their collaboration in the band Shakti (band) on the albums Shakti (album) (1975 Columbia), A Handful of Beauty (1976 Columbia), and Natural Elements (1977 CBS). Twenty years later, they rejoined in the band Remember Shakti, recording the albums Remember Shakti (1999 Universal Records), The Believer (2000 Universal Records), Saturday Night in Bombay (2001 Universal Records), Live at 38th Montreux Jazz Festival (18 July, 2004), and Live at Miles Davis Hall (8 July, 2004). They also appeared in the DVD The Way of Beauty. Both bands performed live both in the U.S. and abroad as recently as 2008 [4]. [edit] Mickey Hart collaborations

Hussain has collaborated with Mickey Hart on many projects, beginning with Hart's first solo album Rolling Thunder, and including Diga, At The Edge, Planet Drum, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box, Supralingua, Spirit into Sound, and Global Drum Project. He has been part of several of his bands including the Diga Rhythm Band, Planet Drum, Bembe' Orishas, and the Global Drum Project. These projects have brought him together with such masters of world percussion and music as Sikiru Adepoju, Airto...
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