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Sulaiman Hakim Bio

Jazz Artist. Producer. Composer. Musician and Globetrotter Sulaiman HAKIM, native of Los Angeles, California, has performed in 70 countries around the world. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, this talented Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is known for his original and unceasing thirst for growth and change in the world music movement but, always respecting and protecting the African-American tradition, his roots. Former student of MAX ROACH, at U-Mass at Amherst between 1974-1977, was counseled by Mr. Roach before offering him the opportunity to performed with him, in Chicago in 1976, leading to his first European tour. Sulaiman was only twenty two years old. Having his opportunity to study with this great master who worked with CHARLIE PARKER, DUKE ELLINGTON, and CLIFFORD BROWN, was the beginning of Sulaiman's International career!

Master Musician, DR. Max Roach

Master musician, DR. Max Roach was also politically active in the Struggle for Black Civil Rights to the image of MALCOM X, whom he met on several occasions. He has been working with some of the world stars in the “WORLD MUSIC MOVEMENT” such as: Max Roach, Luther and Bernard Allison, Percy Sledge, Jeff Joseph and the Grammacks, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, Tangas de Brasil, Steve McCaven, Longineu Parsons, Hoodoo with Chris Henderson, Quatre Etoiles du Congo, Soweto jazz group, Maputo afro beat, Doudou N’diaye Rose … just to name a few of his world music experiences ! From this rich musical experiences, he wrote more than 300 compositions, which some of these compositions can be found on cds by; the group HOODOO, Longineu Parsons, Steve McCaven, and the jazz creole orchestra.

Sulaiman Events

Sulaiman has participated in jazz festivals, world music festivals, blues festivals, concerts, and is constantly in demand for master classes at music schools and conservatories. His music knows no boundaries as his music is appreciated from Kazakhstan to Norway to Morocco to South Africa and everywhere else Sulaiman performs. He may be seen performing with his jazz quartet or quintet, in duo or trio, with a DJ, or within the formations of leading artists in jazz, blues or world music. Sulaiman lives in Paris where he performs in many of the most prestigious clubs and hotels : George V, Plaza Athénée, Le Grand Hotel, Versailles Trianon Palace, Alcazar, Mamma Shelter, Man Ray, Culture Bière,Music-Hall Champs-Elysées …

I had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the dynamic and vibrant community at the Comptoir General. Nestled in the heart of Paris, this cultural hotspot serves as a haven for artists, scholars, and creative souls from all walks of life. Being immersed in such a diverse and stimulating environment allowed me to witness a melting pot of ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Whether it was through engaging discussions, thought-provoking art exhibitions, or inspiring performances, the Comptoir General became my second home, a place where I could constantly learn, grow, and connect with like-minded individuals. This unique experience has undoubtedly shaped me into the person I am today, broadening my horizons and deepening my appreciation for the power of culture and creativity.

In Recent Years

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to work with the African regional services of the United States American Embassy in Paris, fostering cultural exchange between and African American communities. Through my assignments in various countries, including Mali, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, and Madagascar, I aimed to bridge the gap between Africa and America, specifically highlighting the African-American influence in Africa.

In Mali

In Mali, I collaborated with local artists and organizers to host educational workshops on African-American history and culture. These workshops aimed to highlight the significant contributions of African Americans to the advancement of Human rights, arts, and culture in the United States. By emphasizing the pan-African connections and shared experiences, we sought to inspire young Malians and encourage them to celebrate their own rich cultural heritage.

In Eritrea

Similarly, in Eritrea, I worked closely with community leaders and cultural organizations to initiate collaborative projects that showcased the diversity and commonalities between African and African-American cultures. Through performances, exhibitions, and discussions, we explored the historical and contemporary links that shape the experiences of Eritreans and African Americans.

In Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast provided another opportunity to strengthen cultural ties and celebrate the interconnectedness between Africa and America. Collaborating with local musicians and artists, we organized concerts and artistic events that brought together traditional Ivorian music and African-American musical traditions, such as jazz and blues. These events served as platforms for dialogue, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the shared musical heritage between the two continents.

Working in Both Congos

Working in both Congos, my focus was on promoting cultural exchange and dialogue between African and African-American communities. Through creative workshops, film screenings, and public discussions, we encouraged a meaningful exchange of ideas, stories, and experiences. This facilitated a greater sense of unity and, solidarity as individuals discovered the power of their shared struggles and accomplishments.

In Madagascar

Lastly, in Madagascar, I collaborated with local educational institutions to develop curricula that incorporated African-American history and culture. By introducing literature, music, and art created by African Americans, we aimed to provide Malagasy students with a broader perspective on global history and encourage cultural appreciation.

These biographical experiences have allowed me to witness the transformative power of cultural exchange and dialogue. Through these projects, the African-American influence in Africa was highlighted, fostering connections, and understanding between diverse communities. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of African-American culture and heritage in Africa, and I look forward to continuing this in work the future.