Hamid Habib Zada

Specialty: Tabla

Hamid Raouf Habibzadah was born in 1997 in Herat, Afghanistan. He is a professional tabla player and also plays harmonium. He started playing tabla when he was nine years old; he learned from his brother, who is a professional classical singer in Herat. Hamid arrived in the U.S. in August of 2021 and has quickly become very active in the Afghan music community of our country.

Over the last ten years, he has played with many singers in Herat and throughout the United States in concerts, weddings and private parties, including singing traditional songs, playing classical music and traditional sofi ghazals music. In 2018, he played in two music festivals in Turkmenistan. He recently performed at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of the Summer in City series.

Hamid taught a music course for over six years in Herat with his brother. He studied in the Agha Khan Music School in Herat for one year. Then in 2018 and 2019, he studied at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul for winter academy to increase his skills with tabla. He can speak Dari (Afghan dialect of Persian). In his leisure time, he listens to music, swims and plays football.