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Ustad Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951), son of tabla player Ustad Allah Rakha, is the most famous classical tabla player in India (and, probably, in the world) today. He is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large. He has won many awards and much recognition for his contributions.

Zakir Hussain has worked with many leading Western and Indian artists, and has produced many works of East-West fusion, perhaps most notably with George Harrison. In the 1970s he recorded with an American psychedelic band called Shanti, with John McLaughlin in Shakti, with Shankar in the Diga Rhythm Band, with Mickey Hart on his Rolling Thunder album, and on the soundtrack for the movie Apocalypse Now. Shakti reunited in 1998 under the name Remember Shakti. Zakir Hussain has also continued to perform on many of Mickey Hart’s albums, including Planet Drum, and on numerous recordings by John McLaughlin.

In 1992, Zakir Hussain founded Monument Records to produce live concert performances by masters of the classical music of India. The label presents Zakir’s own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti, and a Masters of Percussion series.

He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Ali Akbar Khan, Shivkumar Sharma, Vasant Rai, Imrat Khan, Ravi Shankar, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, David Grisman, Billy Cobham, Jan Garbarek, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kronos Quartet, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony.


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  • StevenMarkowitz

    Will you do a collaboration album with me if I ask really nicely?

    25 Jan 2:13am Reply
  • StevenMarkowitz

    I dedicated a "Sonic Soup Monkey" track to him. I've been an admirer since I first heard Live in Seattle.

    24 Jan 3:10am Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Shanti (album)

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ectomorfo

    Thank you for respecting the Cultural Boycott by cancelling appearances in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • counter_madnes

    Very relaxing !!!

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • Kassandra_

    @eqsmetal If one uses a word as much as you do, one should think he knows how to write it. It's "fuckin, fucking or fuck" :) I lived 9 years in India & yes I met tabla masters playing as good as Zakir. But do you think the guys you're listening to don't need money ? Play music and concerts for fun and for free :) ?? Like Breakin Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Seether..... "Kill him and I'll pay the guy money who's killing him" :) Then start earning some money. Probably nobody is killing Zakir for free. Why don't you do it yourself ? Or aren't they not yet letting you out on your own from the psychic ward you're in ? ;-)

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Shamatha

    eqsmetal, can you explain your remark please ?

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • aktifistanbul

    Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion Konseri, Aya İrini Müzesi, Avea Sıra Dışı Müzik Konserleri, 2 Kasım 2011, Çarşamba . Detaylı Blgi İç

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • WellDressedMan

    March 17 - Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar @ George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Kor21

    just wow

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • eqsmetal

    fuck this fucken' tabla master....................we can easily find guys like zakir in india ........:P:P this bastards only need money .they adore money not music..........:):) kill him ......i'll pay the guy who 'll kill zakit tabla gandu master ...........:):) maa ka yaar.,pehn jka rakhwala zakir baba ..............:):) hail metal fuck bollywood ............greetin'z from india

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
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    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • pressF1

    Zakir Hussain has a most bodacious nose.

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • mdrosa

    amazing see him playing. wish one day he came to play in Brazil

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • DirtyPockets

    amaaaazing percussionist! If he collaborated with Jaki Liebezeit, I think my soul would explode instantaneously

    18 Sep 2009 Reply
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    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ohh1972

    Very nice

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • aotiv

    Role model in his music and lifestyle. He's such an incredible performer!!!

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • 1g0g

    Zakir Hussain - спасибо!

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • onerom_lacroix

    Great musician. :)

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
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