Oakland’s Faisal Zedan is a musician from a village in southern Syria. Growing up, his family loved music, and he grew to be obsessed with Arabic drums called darabukkas.
He came to California in 1992 and started his music career playing works from Syria, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. He’s played with Joan Baez, Gorillaz, and Khalil Shaheed.
Today he performs and teaches Arabic drumming around the Bay Area and beyond.
And for him, it’s more than just drumming.
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