Legendary percussionist Zakir Hussain for SA Tour

Zakir Hussain tours South Africa in December 2016
Zakir Hussain tours South Africa in December 2016

Legendary Indian tabla player and multi Grammy winner Zakir Hussain will be heading to South Africa for a two concert tour in December.

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated in the field of percussion and the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland. Zakir has recorded and performed widely with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.

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Zakir is the son of the legendary tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha who himself formed a formidable duo with sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar for many decades. Zakir was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi (India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama). In 1999, he was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the United States National Endowment for the Arts. His first Planet Drum album, released in 1991, went on to earn the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. His album Global Drum Project won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2009.

Zakir has composed soundtracks for several movies, including In Custody and The Mystic Masseur by Ismail Merchant, and has played tabla on the soundtracks of Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha amongst others. Zakir is a founding member of Bill Laswell’s ‘World Music Supergroup’ Tabla Beat Science.

Rakesh Chaurasia is the nephew and disciple of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Amongst the promising musicians of his generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself, as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style, he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights. Despite his experimental work, Rakesh has never deviated from his main goal of becoming a full-fledged classical musician. Recently Rakesh toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with Zakir Hussain at many prestigious venues globally. Rakesh has also had the privilege of performing with some international names such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman.

Cape Town – Saturday 3 December, Cape Town International Convention Centre, 8.30pm
Johannesburg – Sunday 4 December, The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City, 5pm
Tickets priced from R300 are available from Computicket outlets nationwide, Computicket Call Centre on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com, Shoprite Checkers stores.

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