Zakir Hussain

Genres: Drama Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Zakir Hussain Allarakha Qureshi, 9 March 1951, Bombay, India. The son of virtuoso tabla player Alla Rakha (b. 29 April 1919, Jammu, Kashmir, India, d. 3 February 2000), Hussain, predestined to uphold family traditions, began his initiation into the rhythmic complexities of Indian drumming as soon as he was able to sit. By the time he was 12 he had already accompanied many of the master musicians of north India, and has since played on literally hundreds of Indian classical sessions. He took over his father’s job as tabla player for Ravi Shankar and made his American debut with Shankar at the Fillmore East in 1970. While in New York, he met John McLaughlin, and their friendship led to the formation of Shakti (featuring south Indian violinist Lakshminarayana Shankar) and, more recently, to McLaughlin’s appearance on Making Music. Hussain has been a tireless campaigner for ‘world music’, working with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Jefferson...

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