Latin / Hand Percussion

AKZ delivers high intensity and energetic musicianship in all his performances. An ambassador of Malaysian music and percussion, at the tender age of 25, AKZ has performed and conducted workshops at numerous international festivals and tours such as Rainforest World Music Festival (Sarawak, Malaysia), SacheonInternational Percussion Festival (Korea), Caravanserai Tour (United States of America), ASEAN Youth Jazz Orchestra (Japan and South East Asia).

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Abdul Karim

Drums, Latin Percussion & Hand Percussion
Spoken Languages
English & Malay
Lessons via : Face-to-face
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Born in and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Steve is the second youngest of fourteen children. At the tender age of seven, Steve heard Mongo Santamaria playing Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man”. He was so inspired by the legendary drummer that he taught himself to play the congas by listening to the album over and over again.

In 1968, Steve formed his first group, THE YOUNG EXPLOSIVES, a 4 piece Latin-jazz ensemble. They performed on local television station Channel 5’s “Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant” and appeared in school talent shows and at the Appollo Theatre.

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Steve Thornton