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Multi-GRAMMY winner Zakir Hussain to Tour South Africa

Legendary percussionist, Zakir Hussain is set to tour SA in December

Zakir Hussain is the legendary Indian tabla player and multi GRAMMY winner that will be in South Africa for a two concert tour.

Today, Zakir Hussain is appreciated in the field of percussion and the music world at large as an international phenomenon. He has established himself as a national treasure, both in India and the world over, for his consistently brilliant performances as a classical tabla virtuoso. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music are undoubtably unique. His many historic collaborations include: Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Planet Drum and Tabla Beat Science.

The Government of India awarded Zakir the Padma Shri in 1988, as well as the Padma Bhushan in 2002. He also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, conferred by India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 1999, the United States National Endowment for the Arts awarded Zakir the National Heritage Fellowship. He then earned the GRAMMY Award for Best World Music Album for his first album Planet Drum, released in 1991. While Global Drum Project won him the GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2009.

In addition, Zakir has composed soundtracks for several movies, including In Custody and The Mystic Masseur by Ismail Merchant. He has played tabla on the soundtracks of Francis Coppola’s most noteworthy, Apocalypse Now and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha amongst others. Zakir is also a founding member of Bill Laswell’s ‘World Music Supergroup’ Tabla Beat Science.


  • Cape Town – Saturday 3 December at the Cape Town International Convention Centre at 8.30pm.
  • Johannesburg – Sunday 4 December at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City at 5pm.

Tickets prices are from R300 and are available from Computicket outlets, as well as online.

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