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Zakir Hussain

Tabla great Zakir Hussain visited with the staff at LP to lend insight to the drums of his culture and to give us some insight into his varied career than not only covers the traditional music of India but orchestrations for film scores and working in the eclectic music of Micky Hart's Planet Drum. In addition to his musical work, he has appeared in the movie Heat and Dust. Zakir said you would have a tough time recognizing him in that movie as he had to put on some weight and slick back his hair.

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 LP's patented Granite Blocks that he says are perfect for playing with finger technique. He noted how even the sound was from the set of blocks. Playing this array of blocks, he added the LP Udu drum to his performance to make a magical blend of sounds that could only come from a master of this caliber.