How Mohammad Shabani Is Dominating the Iranian Music Industry as a Self-Taught Percussionist

January 20 01:30 2022
How Mohammad Shabani Is Dominating the Iranian Music Industry as a Self-Taught Percussionist

Mohammad Shabani’s story as a self-taught Percussionist is nothing short of inspiring as he started to explore his talent at a very young age. Born in Tehran in 1987, the Iranian Percussionist started to learn percussion at the age of 13. In the same year, he was good enough to play with the percussive band, “Ada” on stage. 

From that time until he turned 16, he worked with several semi-professional bands in the field of pop music with the conga instrument and gained more experience. He continued to study the instrument by himself until he was 18 after which he traveled abroad to study the instrument with Luis Ernesto Gomez and Adrian Gonzalezes. This, of course, helped him to get more professional experience and exposure which he would later leverage to collaborate with some of the most important people in the Iranian music industry.

Some of his most outstanding collaborations in pop music would include famous Iranian singers such as Mohammad Isfahani, Mojtaba Kabiri, Behnam Safavi, Morteza Pashaei, Hamid Hami, Mehdi Yaghmaei, Nima Masiha, Amir Tajik, Mohammad Alizadeh, and Masoud Sadeghlou among others. 

Mohammad Shabani’s career officially took off in 2006 with professional pop music bands. As an exceptional musician, he won first place in the same year with the “Accent” band. He went on to win second place the following year with the Cadence band during the competition period of the Fajr music festival. 

He also holds the record of collaborations with world-class brands such as Ars Nova, a well recognized Jazz Latin Band, and Naima, a Jazz Fusion Band. This would be one of his biggest achievements from 2013 to 2018. The talented Percussionist again boasts of appearances in over 20 domestic music albums. To sharpen his skill and expand his knowledge base, Mohammad Shabani traveled to South America in 2017 to learn more about Afro Cuban music. He  studied with music masters Luis Quintana Changuito and Rolando Salgado.

During his prime time as an artist, he released three albums, “Dance with Rhythm of the Beach”, “Back to Dreaming” in Latin Jazz and Jazz Fusion genres, and “Blue Dream” which was released in 2021. His first album, “Dance with Rhythm of the Beach” was nominated for the best composition at the Fajr music festival. 

During his working years, he held several workshops teaching students. Mohammad Shabani’s talent, knowledge, skill, and reputation do go before him as many famous Iranian singers are pleased to work with him and reach out for collaborations. Being in the industry for over 2 decades, the exceptional musician has carved a niche for himself and has taken his place as one of the leaders. He still holds a solid reputation in the Iranian music space which he plans to build on as he takes the next step in his career.

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Currently, Mohammad Shabani holds positions as an artist for Yamaha, Istanbul Agop Cymbals, and Leivapercussion.

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