Who is Hazhar Zahawy?

Who is Hazhar Zahawy?

Hazhar Zahawy is a famous Kurdish folk percussionist. Born in 1980 to a Kurdish family in Iran, he had been introduced to music and was taught to play Daf (Kurdish frame drum) at the age of 5. When he was 10 he moved to Great Britain and at the age of 13 he performed for the first time with the national radio and television orchestra of Kurdish music.

Hazhar has performed around the world and has collaborated with Persian, Greek, Indian, Arabic, and Turkish musicians. He has participated in many international music festivals including WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) festival in The UK, WOMEX (World Music Expo) festival in Netherlands, and World Sacred Music festival in Morocco.

He played a track on the 2005 movie Kingdom of Heaven and has appeared in many programs and documentaries about Kurdish music. He also released a solo album of percussion compositions in 2007.

Aside from the heavy Kurdish sound he usually deploys, Hazhar Zahawy draws influence from many other countries. He uses music as a medium to connect people and preserve his ethnical and cultural heritage.