Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lyceum Series will present musician Sulaiman Hakim on November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available now at FAMU’s Ticket Office located in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Ticket prices are $20, $15 and $10, depending on the location of the seats.
Musician and Globetrotter Sulaiman Hakim, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., has performed in 61 countries around the world. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, this talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist is known for his original and unceasing thirst for growth and change in the world music movement while always respecting and protecting the African-American tradition, his roots.
Hakim is one of the pioneers of what is now called “World Music.” Once completing his studies at the University of Massachusetts, he began touring with the great drummer Max Roach. After visiting Paris once, Sulaiman was intrigued by the city and moved there to explore the music scene. He studied and became fluent in the language and even more fluent in the many musical styles represented in Paris. After some years in Paris, Sulaiman spent a couple of years in New York, several years in Martinique, then back to Paris to pursue his musical calling.
From Paris, Sulaiman has traveled extensively to do concerts and recordings. His travels have taken him all over Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Asia where he continually absorbs influences from the many cultures he has experienced.
Sulaiman’s roots are with some of the great jazz and blues artists such as Max Roach, Luther and Bernard Allison, Charlie Persip, Kenny Clarke and many others. His music begins with the influences of American jazz, blues and funk and continues with the sentiments of Africa, the Caribbean and South America. From these rich musical experiences, he has written more than 300 compositions.
Sulaiman has participated in jazz, world-music and blues festivals, concerts, and is constantly in demand for master classes at music schools and conservatories. His music knows no boundaries as his talent is appreciated from Kazakhstan, Norway, Morocco, South Africa and everywhere else Sulaiman performs. He may be seen performing with his jazz quartet or quintet, in duo or trio, with a DJ, or within the formations of leading artists in jazz, blues or world music.
Sulaiman also has a recent CD with Tribal Records titled “Urban Jungle Music” which shows many sides of this multi-faceted performer and composer.