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Zakir Hussain


In addition to rendering the traditional music of India, Zakir Hussain orchestrates film scores and works in the eclectic musical surroundings of Micky Hart's Planet Drum. Besides his musical pursuits, he has appeared in the movie Heat and Dust.

Zakir's father, the great Ala Racca, was the first musician to bring Western recognition to tabla when he worked with Ravi Shankar in the 1960's. Zakir was drawn to the LP Granite Blocks, instruments he says are perfect for playing with traditional finger technique. He particularly enjoys the evenness of the sound he gets from an array of blocks. Adding an LP Udu Drums to this setup, he conjures a magical blend of timbres.