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Music @NYPL presents Hasan Bakr
A percussionist, singer and composer, who found his first musical expressions in the tonal arts of the drum and percussion. He has studied masters with discipline for most of his adult life with such notables as Chief Bey (shekere and bell), Babafeami(Conga), Nana Vasconcelos (berimbau and caxixi), Little Ray Romero (timbales), and Mbemba Bangoura.(Djembe).
While actively pursuing a career in drumming, Hasan molded a unique vocal ability that landed a position as lead singer in the legendary Spirit Ensemble and Heritage OP, both New York based percussion ensembles. During his tenure with The Spirit Ensemble, the study of the playing and building of the Mbira was undertaken with two North American Mbira masters Kevin Nathaniel and the late Zeleka Jenkins. The most important quality and achievement of both of these ensembles has been their enormous contribution to arts and education in the Greater New York metropolitan area.
Hasan is a natural musician and has a 27-year history in conducting African musical instrument demos, student assembly programs, in- school artist residencies and youth empowerment workshops. He is also a 1998 Ethnic Dance Award Recipient.
He has performed with a number of artist including The Winard Harper Sextet, Snow, Hassan Hakmoum, Zimbabwean Mbira Master Ephat Mujuru, Salieu Suso, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, The Meditations, Veiux Diop and many more..