Legendary Indian tabla player and multi Grammy winner Zakir Hussain will be heading to South Africa for a two concert tour of Cape Town and Johannesburg in December. He will be joined on this tour by leading bansuri (bamboo flute) player Rakesh Chaurasia.
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 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. Hussain 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.
Hussain 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. Hussain 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.
Hussain 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.
Rakesh Chaurasia is the nephew and disciple of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Amongst the promising musicians of his generation, Chaurasia 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.
Despite his experimental work, Chaurasia has never deviated from his main goal of becoming a full-fledged classical musician. Recently Chaurasia toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with Zakir Hussain at many prestigious venues globally.
• Cape Town – Saturday, December 3, Cape Town International Convention Centre – 8.30pm
• Johannesburg – Sunday, December 4, The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City – 5pm
* Tickets priced from R300 are available from Computicket.
Bookings for Cape Town can be done at: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/ustad_zakir_hussain_live_in_concert/1042882886.
Bookings for Joburg can be done at: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/ustad_zakir_hussain_live_in_concert/1039268050.