M. Hart & Zakir Hussain

GLOBAL DRUM PROJECT In stores October 2

Over three decades as the innovative percussion engine of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart's ear for global sounds brought numerous unpredictable guests to the Dead's stage performances.

Hart's 1991 release Planet Drum was the natural outgrowth of this adventure, showcasing his gift as a supreme catalyst in convening the world's finest percussion talent for a dazzling collaboration - including Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who is an international phenomenon in his own right. Zakir began his career as a child prodigy has gone on to win many awards, founded his own record label Moment! Records, and starred in two documentaries, 2003's The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain and the Art of the Indian Drum and 1998's Zakir and His Friends. Planet Drum was recorded in Hart's Sonoma County home and studio, with the Dead's legendary crew turning virtually every room in the house into a work zone for each musician. The album won the first-ever Grammy® for Best World Music Album, spent an unprecedented 26 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart, and sells as a perennial favorite to this day.

15 years have passed, and the friendship and musical partnership of Hart and Hussain, which began in the early 70s with their world fusion experiment Diga Rhythm Band, has continued to flourish. Their 2006 Planet Drum reunion tour was immensely well-received and germinated the idea to revisit "Planet Drum."

Hence this fresh collaboration of tranced-out grooves, elegant electronic programming and hypnotic tuned percussion that is the Global Drum Project. Masterfully produced by Hart and Hussain, the Global Drum Project once again enlists the great partnership of Sikuru Adepoju (Nigerian talking drum) and Giovanni Hidalgo (congas), as well as Taufiq Qureshi (brother to Zakir Hussain) on percussion and vocals, Niladari Kumar on sitar, Dilshad Khan on sarangi, and sampled vocals by the late, great Olatunji. Global Drum Project will be in stores October 2, 2007. The ensemble will again tour the U.S. this fall in support of the release.

In addition to the Global Drum Project, Shout! Factory will be reissuing a series of catalog titles that will be made available digitally in October, and physically released in 2008. The titles include Diga Rhythm Band (One of the first "world music" recordings, a crystalline, remixed celebration of drumming and percussion featuring Hart, Hussain, nine other rhythmatists, and Jerry Garcia on two tracks), At The Edge (companion to his acclaimed book debut, Drumming at the Edge of Magic), this exploration of the music of primeval man unfolds a serene soundscape of tuned percussion, ambient natural sounds, and guitar treatments by Jerry Garcia), Mystery Box (an effervescent, pop-inflected album, full of breezy songs with layered vocals by England's Mint Juleps - and a vocal debut by Mickey Hart), Supralingua: Hart continued to push the "tribal space" boundaries of percussion and sound, beyond his Grammy-winning Planet Drum, with some of the same stellar guest personnel.

Global Drum Project tour dates available HERE.


[Published on: 8/1/07]

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sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 08:48AM
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Nobody bangs the skins quite like Mickey.

Chaloupka Thu 8/2/2007 09:09AM
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Actually, Zakir Hussain bangs the skins probably even better than Mickey does.

slimwang starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 09:45AM
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I love these projects! Mickey is innovative in his group assembly, not to mention the music they make. The planet drum/rhythm devils at the Warfield S.F. ruled! Thanks Mickey

thunderdrums77 Thu 8/2/2007 09:56AM
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Southern dates... woo hoo

Caught the Rhythm Dev.s at GOTV last year... tasty stuff!!!!!!!

See you guys in Asheville.

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 10:58AM
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Astronaut Jones

bangs the skins...ha ha ha ha ha!!

Billy D. Lyons starstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 12:34PM
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Billy D. Lyons

Keep slappin' Mickey, keep slappin' till yer doll gone arms done fell off!

jldawg67 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/2/2007 06:40PM
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Wooo! Seeing Mickey at the Vibes in a few days! Can't wait to hear he and Zakir on Global Drum Project too! Thanks Mickey, you're the best!!

O1Roggae Fri 8/3/2007 12:38PM
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bring back the rythm devils

gMONEY07 starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/5/2007 04:27PM
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cann't wait to see micky at the vibe's in 3 day's.only bummer is gonna have to wait till storrs CT. to see this line up again! keep the beat's banging!

Dlta9 Sun 8/5/2007 07:41PM
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Mickey is going to rock some face at Gathering

petemora starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/6/2007 08:31AM
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Mickey will summon his Vulcan powers to bang on his cowbell like no one else. Go Mickey!

JakeCinningerisgod Mon 8/6/2007 08:44AM
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my uncle is the GM at the southern theater (columbus) so i might get to meet mickey, can honestly say ive never heard of any of the other guys but im still really excited to see this show, love how everything about this post is positive

petemora starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/6/2007 12:40PM
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Stay away from the backstage punchbowl. He's goanna dose you and your uncle.

soundchaser Mon 8/6/2007 06:38PM
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Having the great pleasure of seeing Zakir at Forest Meadows in San Rafael several times, and the first Planet Drum at the Marin Civic, I firmly believe that Zakir is the best tabla player on this planet. Do not miss this show as these guys aren't getting any younger, nor or we.