Rony Barrak
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Rony Barrak was born in Lebanon in 1971. He began playing darbouka, a Middle Eastern tabla, at the age of four and made his first television appearance when he was seven. At 17, Barrak won a gold medal at a televised competition for young talented musicians in Lebanon and the Middle East. He lived in London from 1990 to 2000, where he experienced a combination of music cultures. Blending Eastern and Western flavors, he became a versatile percussionist.

As the world's leading darbouka player, Barrak has recorded and performed with such greats as Jaz Colman, Vanessa Mae, Talvin Singh, Fairuz, Ziad Rahbani, Don Grusin, and Dave Grusin. In 2004, Barrak finished a worldwide tour of over 110 concerts with Sarah Brightman. He has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague, and he has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Over the years Barrak has participated in percussion workshops, theatrical productions, and recordings. As well as being a solo performer, he leads his own percussion and fusion band and has produced two solo albums, Aramba and Karizma. Barrak also makes regular television appearances to increase public knowledge about the darbouka and other oriental percussion instruments. In Lebanon, he is the musical director of a weekly late night show on LBCI TV.