Firas Haddad

A great percussioniste and back up vocalist.

This outstanding percussionist also plays: tabla, rek, daf, bendir, dahola, Oud and Afro-Cuban percussion such as: congas, djmbay and timbals. Musician from a very young age, Firas began his professional career at the age of 13. His musical influence was vast: Arabic, Eastern, Turkish and Iraqi. This exceptional artist was part of the gypsy group Ziganne, among many others. During his time with one such group: Maghrébiet, Firas intensified his mastery of Arabic music: Algerian rai, Moroccan shaabi as well as Tunisian mezoued. He has also enhanced such ensembles as: Mek Sili, El Hasni and The Circle of Ecstasy. This versatile percussionist has graced the Festival Stages of: Just for Laughs, Francofolies and Les Vues D'Afrique, the Montreal Jazz Fest and the Festival du Monde Arabe.

The multitalented Firas is also a member of the Bassalindos. He is acting songwriter and studio programmer alongside Christine Atallah, comprising the Eastern composing team of Arabic material for the Bassalindos. Voluble acclaim is in evidence for fantastic Firas!