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Delving Into Consciousness: Hamid Drake's Favourite Music
Sean Kitching , September 4th, 2019 09:47

Percussionist Hamid Drake guides Sean Kitching through 13 favourite albums of cosmic enlightenment courtesy of Alice and John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Ravi Shankar, Jimi Hendrix and much more. Photo by Ludmilla Faccenda


Mako Sica & Hamid Drake - Ronda
They’re a group of guys from Chicago. They were coming out to a lot of concerts that I was doing. One day they got the courage to ask me if I would do something with them. They had been meaning to ask for a long time but they were a little nervous. They’re all friends with a friend of mine, Matthew. He just told them: ‘Go up to Hamid and say that Matt sent you.’ And that’s what they did. I love those guys, because they’re coming from a very improvisational place but a whole different kind of music. More of an electronica, rock-trance world. When it comes to qualities, there’s no difference. Maybe sound, yeah. But what the music is about, it’s not different at all. We’ve been doing a lot of gigs around Chicago. It’s interesting because it’s a different, but also similar audience. A lot of people who come to those concerts also come to the purely improvisational or jazz concerts too. That’s one of the things I love about Chicago. There’s a seamlessness between all these different genres.