Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble
Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre and sponsored by TD Bank.
The music of the Waleed Kush African Jazz Ensemble combines the impelling ancient rhythms of Africa with exhilarant, modern jazz improvisations. From Nubia, Sudan, to Harlem.
Waleed Abdulhamid: bass, vocals, percussion
Brian Dhari: tenor saxophone
John Ebata: keyboard, piano, accordion
Aaron Ferrera: drums, percussion
Cory Sitek: alto and soprano saxophone, flute
Waleed Abdulhamid is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, music and film producer. He is known for his striking vocals, innovative bass technique, and his speed and precision on percussion. He has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since his arrival from Sudan in 1992, and is the recipient of the Canadian New Pioneer Award, African Tama Award, Reel World Film Festival Award, Canadian Film Board of Excellence Award, DORA Award and other international awards. Waleed demonstrates his versatility by playing 20 instruments; guitar, bass, drums, flute, harmonica, kirin, bass kirin, darabhuka, marimba, balimbo, congas, bongos, djembe, dumbek, aghera, tambour, cajun, denger, ekaa, and tama. Waleed has played and recorded with a large number of well-known artists including David Clayton Thomas of the Grammy award winning band Blood, Sweat & Tears, and with Motown legend, The Drifters. He is also a Professor in and faculty member of the Music Degree Program at Humber College.
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