THE HEART-BEATS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA
The Heart Beats Of Southeast Asia
Hosted by Karim, AKZ - The Historian Percussionist
Hi, my name is Abdul Karim Zafiruddin or you can call me AKZ. Born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and growing up with a passion towards music. I am a musician with 14 years of international experience in music. Having toured with my band and my wife who is also a very talented singer, we have performed around the world, such as the US, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Indonesia and Thailand. An ambassador of Malaysian music and percussion, at the tender age of 25, I have performed and conducted workshops at numerous international festivals and tours such as Rainforest World Music Festival (Sarawak, Malaysia), Sacheon International Percussion Festival (Korea), Caravanserai Tour (United States of America), ASEAN Youth Jazz Orchestra (Japan and South East Asia). I also conducted classes for kindergarten such as Jasmine Playschool Kuala Lumpur and conducted a drums and percussion special needs program for Tengku Bainun Children Centre. I am blessed that throughout my career as a musician, I was involved and apart of other projects and bands such as The Diplomats of Drums, Stomp The Rhythm, Faliq Auri Trio, Mutesite, Tarakucha!, HadyAfro Band, Amir Jahari Project, Leaismand Royal Haqqani Maulid Ensemble. My most favourite instrument is playing the drum because it can only vibrate positive energy whenever it is played. With this online live experience, I wish we would be able to create friendship and help us come together as a community.