Shahbaz Hussain

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Shahbaz Hussain is one of Europe’s finest tabla players. First studying under his father, the vocalist Ustad Mumtaz Hussain, he went on learn from various gurus - the Delhi gharana’s Ustad Faiyaz Khan, and the Punjab gharana’s Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan and Ustad Allah Rakha. He has developed an eclectic and versatile style, leading the fusion group Indus as well as accompanying touring classical artists. Shahbaz is active as a tabla teacher across the North of England.


"I used to steal pots and pans from the kitchen, and my mum used to go ballistic - I used to play on them...then my dad bought me my first tabla"


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