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Growing up in Arlington, TX, Malachi, discovered at quite an early age his love and aptitude for music. He started playing violin while still in elementary school and pursued this passion into adulthood, eventually becoming a member of the University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra.
In 2004, after his wife started belly dance classes at the Isis Academy for Performing Arts, he signed up for his first drum (darbuka) class taught by Al’Abbas and embraced a whole new genre of music.
He then applied his years of musical training to perfect new techniques and skills on the drum. “Focus on core basic techniques is tantamount to any musical instrument and the darbuka is no exception,” says Malachi.
Since then Malachi has had the opportunity to train with many renowned percussionists and musicians such as Issam Houssan, Reda Darwish, Susu Pampanin, Carmine Guida, Fiasal Zedan, Doug Adamz and Mary Ellen Donald. Malachi uses much of this knowledge and training to create his own distinctive style of playing and teaching the Arabic Drum.