Hafiz F. Shabazz
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, World Music Percussion Ensemble
Hafiz Shabazz, master drummer and Director of the World Music Percussion Ensemble, is an ethnomusicologist, percussionist, performer, and lecturer. He teaches courses on improvisation and nonwestern music. He has studied at he University of Ghana and The Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He has studied in Cuba with master drummers and folklorists and has performed with Max Roach, Lionel Hampton, Julius Hemphill and Alhaji Bia Konte, Master Cora and Griot of Gambia, West Africa. Professor Shabazz toured for many years with Wind and Thunder, a group devoted to improvisational jazz and nonwestern music. He has toured France, the Caribbean, and extensively throughout Canada and the United States. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Duke University and lectured in over 500 schools and universities. He is an initiated member of the Ancestral Shrine of the Ashanti Nation in Ghana, West Africa, has authored articles for the Black Music Research Journal, and was a consultant with John Chernoff in the writing of African Rhythms and African Sensibilities.