Grammy winning tabla player Zakir Hussain is acknowledged as one of the greatest Indian percussionists of the 20th century. He has played Indian classical music with Ravi Shankar, jazz-rock in Shakti with John McLaughlin, rock with George Harrison and world fusion in Planet Drum and the Diga Rhythm Band with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. He has made tabla, an Indian drum little known in America, an essential part of the world music landscape and achieved fame for his uncanny improvisational skills.
Hussain was born in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1951, the son of Ustad Allah Rakha, one of the most famous tabla players in India and the long time accompanist of Ravi Shankar. His father Allah Rakha used to sing him to sleep by chanting the complex rhythm patterns of... Read More