Nezih AntakliTurkish Darbuka


Born in Germany to Turkish and Syrian parents, Nezih Antakli was introduced from an early age to the fascinating tradition of Middle Eastern culture and music. For several years, he performed with various groups in Germany. In search for a deeper and broader knowledge of music, he studied percussion at the World Music Department of the Conservatory for Music and Dance in Rotterdam/the Netherlands and graduated in 2004.

On several study trips to Istanbul, Nezih studied with Turkish percussionists Ismail Peshluk, Hamdi Akatay and Alpay Dinletir. Furthermore, he studied with Egyptian master percussionist Hossam Ramzy, as well as with frame drum legend Glen Velez.


In October 2007, Nezih moved to Philadelphia/USA, where he works as a percussion instructor and performing artist. His experience as a musician has given him the opportunity to tour and perform in major festivals and venues around the world, including performances throughout Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey and the USA.
In addition, he is a certificated guest teacher for Middle Eastern percussion at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City.
Since May 2008 Nezih is performing and touring with the Brooklyn based Middle Eastern fusion project "Raquy and the Cavemen". He plays and teaches doumbek, frame drum, riq and davul, among other instruments.

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