Drum legend Zakir Hussain a borders-leaping marvel: ‘He has blazed a trail’ says Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

George Harrison of The Beatles was a fan and collaborator of Indian tabla drum marvel Zakir Hussain. So are guitar legend John McLaughlin, Grateful Dead mainstay Mickey Hart and banjo innovator Béla Fleck. “Zakir was born to drum,” said Hart, who first teamed with Hussain on “Rolling Thunder,” drummer Hart’s 1972 debut solo album. “He has blazed a trail of rhythmic dexterity and innovation across the entire planet.” “Zakir is a master musician and a man for all cultures,” said McLaughlin. The guitar great is reteaming this year with Hussain for a 50th anniversary world tour with Shakti, their …

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