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Abdulhamid Alwan

Arabic Percussion
Milwaukee, WI

Abdulhamid Alwan.  Photo by Louie Holwerk.Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hamid came to Wisconsin to study civil engineering. His passion for Arabic music led him away from his trained profession to become a master drum maker and percussionist. Hamid has extensive knowledge of Arabic music, especially the nuances and variations in Arabic rhythms. He makes a variety of percussive instruments, including tablas, tars, riqqs, and tabl baladis. Hamid is also a skilled restorer of antique Arabesque furniture inlaid with mother of pearl. His presentations focus on the history, rhythms and performance of Arabic music.

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

An in-depth workshop

A residency

A performance

Best for Ages

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

Adults, ages 18 and up

Mixed audiences of any age


Artist fee:

$300 per day


reimbursement for travel

Past Venues:

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Music
  • Arab World Fest, Milwaukee

Hamid Alwan
2201 N. Farwell
Milwaukee, WI 53202

last updated: 02/12/2018   


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