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Shabaz mixing history

Carol Feineman

Shabaz likes to combine the past with the present.

The Bay Area-based trio combines 500 years of Qaawali vocal history (Indian classical music) and Pakistani music with hip-hop, dance, rock and ambient sounds. Shabaz performs at Center for the Arts Friday.

Shabaz consists of singers and siblings Sukhawat Ali Khan and Riffat Salamat, both from India, whose lineage goes back to court musicians for ruler Akbar the Great; and U.S. multi-instrumentalist and producer Richard Michos. He spent several years studying Indian music with the siblings’ father, among others.

Formerly called the Ali Khan Band, Shabaz (which means “Chief Eagle”) recorded two albums for City of Tribes. Its 1998 debut, “Tawsir,” topped the CMJ New World Music chart.

Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $12. Tickets are at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch, The Book Seller and the door.

The center is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 274-8384 with any questions.

– Carol Feineman

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