How Mohammad Shabani dominates Iran’s music industry as a self-taught percussionist
Mohammad Shabani’s story as a self-taught percussionist is simply inspiring as he began to explore his talent at a very young age. Born in Tehran in 1987, the Iranian percussionist started learning percussion at the age of 13. The same year, he had the chance to play with the percussion group “Ada” on stage.
From that time until he was 16, he worked with several semi-professional groups in the field of pop music with the conga instrument and gained more experience. He continued to study the instrument on his own until the age of 18, after which he traveled abroad to study the instrument with Luis Ernesto Gomez and Adrian Gonzalezes. This, of course, helped him gain more professional experience and visibility which he would later derive to collaborate with some of the most important people in the Iranian music industry.
Some of his most notable 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 groups. An exceptional musician, he won first place the same year with the group “Accent”. He then won second place the following year with the group Cadence during the competition period of the Fajr music festival.
He also holds the record for collaborating with world-class brands such as Ars Nova, a well-recognized Latin jazz band, and Naima, a jazz fusion band. It would be one of his biggest accomplishments from 2013 to 2018. The talented percussionist again boasts of appearances in over 20 domestic music albums. To hone his skills 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 the Latin Jazz and Jazz Fusion genres, and “Blue Dream” which was released in 2021. His debut album, “Dance with Rhythm of the Beach” was nominated for Best Composition at the Fajr Music Festival.
During his working years, he held several teaching workshops for students. Mohammad Shabani’s talent, knowledge, skills and reputation precede him as many famous Iranian singers are excited to work with him and seek collaborations. Being in the industry for over 2 decades, the exceptional musician has carved out a place for himself and taken his place among 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 artist positions for Yamaha, Istanbul Agop Cymbals and Leivapercussion.