Rony Barrak was born in Lebanon in 1971. He started playing darbouka (Arabic tabla) at the age of four, with his first stage appearance at six, followed by his first television appearance at the age of seven on Lebanese national television.
At the age of 17 he achieved the status of gold medal for darbouka in the young musicians competition. This was when Rony first realized he wanted to become a professional musician.
Barrak moved to London in 1990 to study and gain experience in all styles of western music. Being the world’s leading middle eastern percussionist, he has been involved with many top artists, including Led Zeppelin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanessa Mae, Ziad al Rahbani, Fairuz, Talvin Singh, Neneh Cherry and Natasha Atlas. Barrak has over the years taken part in many different projects, such as percussion workshops, teaching, theatrical productions and film music. His love for Jazz and Classical music also inspired him to further studies in drums and orchestral percussion.