Bashir Shakur


Accompanist/Musical Director

Bashir Shakur is a composer, performer, educator, and recording artist, working across an extensive range of idioms in traditional and experimental music.

Originally self-taught in composition, piano, trumpet and percussion, he has collaborated with a wide variety of impressive artist including Khalid Saleem, Fahali Igbo, Waley Reyes Jr., Bradley Simmons, Chief Bey, Titos Sampa, Michael Wimberly, Osei Appiagyei, Willie Terrell, Modibo Keita, Sadiyah Shakur, Gaynell Sherrod, Chuck Davis, Katherine Dunham, Walter Nicks, Louis Johnson, Rachel Taiouvoner, and Jawole Zollar among many others.

Shakur won first place in hand percussion at the annual North Carolina School of the Performing Arts drumming competition, and was awarded the Darryl Ellman award for composition and performance. Going on to receive a scholarship to attend the Percussion Institute of America in 1996.

Since then Shakur has performed recorded and/or toured with Clarke Edgerton, Freddie McGregor, Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Shiloh Vibrations, Pop Garston, Reparations the Musical, Urban Bush Women, Mark Perryman Jazz Collective, Mbemba Bangoura, Kosa International Drum Conference, The Switzerland Arts Association, Kariamu and Company, Youssouf Koumbassa, Harrambee Dance Company, Yalani Bangoura, Gouza Dance Conference in Nurnburg Germany, Peridance International, Collage Dance Company, (Musical Director), Dance Africa in New York Brooklyn Academy of music, Joffrey Ballet, and The North Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

Make sure you check out some of Bashir’s fabulous drumming on our website