Anas Canon

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Anas Canon
Anas Canon Zanzibar International Film Festival.jpeg
Anas Canon DJing in Zanzibar, Tanzania at the 2007 Zanzibar International Film Festival
Background information
Also known as DJ Anas Canon
Origin San Francisco- Bay Area, California, United States
Occupation(s) Audio engineer, producer, DJ, songwriter, technical trainer, media consultant
Instruments Logic Pro, MIDI Controllers(Akai & Novation), VCI 300 MkII, MPC, Fender Rhodes, Hand Percussion, Ear, Vocals

Anas Canon is an American audio engineer, producer, DJ, song writer and media consultant.[1] He lectures at conferences,[2] universities,[3] and embassies[4] on cultural diplomacy, globalization, sound arts, and the music industry.


Decorative Audio/Very Necessary[edit]

Canon currently serves as the creative director for the record label "Decorative Audio" as well as the chief creative consultant for its multimedia branch "Very Necessary Media".

Remarkable Current[edit]

Canon served as the artistic director and executive producer for the independent music collective Remarkable Current, which he founded in 2001.[5] Since 2001, Remarkable Current has released 15 full length albums ranging in genres.

Hip Hop Ambassadors[edit]

As an extension of Decorative Audio, Canon developed the 'Hip Hop Ambassadors' program which presents positive examples of Urban American musicians to the international community.[6] The Hip Hop Ambassadors have toured Indonesia, The UK, Turkey, Jerusalem, The UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Tanzania, Tunisia and Algeria[7] Their Indonesian tour in 2010, sponsored by the US State Department's Performance Arts Initiative, broke US Embassy press records in the region and reached millions of viewers.[8]

Music: Producing, Recording and Touring[edit]

Canon has toured and recorded with artists in America, Europe,[9] Africa,.[10] the Middle East,[11] and Asia.[12] In addition to producing records, he creates music for film, television, and commercials.[13]


His client list includes: The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Common, Zion I, Erik Rico, Amir Sulaiman, Native Deen, and Poetic Pilgrimage.[14]

Canon is highlighted in the documentary film Deen Tight.[15] The documentary continues to be screened around the globe at embassies, universities and cultural centers.[16]

Canon has been published in the Washington Post,[17] the New York Times,[18] and has been aired on PBS,[19] BBC and MTV.

Canon broadcasts a monthly DJ set called The Center of Intention.[20]

Since 2006 Canon has been employed by Apple Inc as a Creative.


  1. ^ Sobh, Mariam. "[1]", Illume, 21 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  2. ^ "[Curtis, E. Edward, "Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, Volume 1", Facts on File INC, 2010.
  3. ^ "[2]", USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  4. ^ "[3]", US Embassy, 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  5. ^ Sobh, Mariam. "[4]", Illume, 21 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ Jusuf, Muhammad. "[5]", All Voices, 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  7. ^ "[6]", Hip Hop Ambassadors, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  8. ^ Embassy, U.S. "[7]", Embassy of The United States - Jakarta, Indonesia, 23 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  9. ^ Mascarenhas, Hyacinth "[8]", Elan, 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  10. ^ Megrov. "[9]", MidEast Dynasty, 8 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  11. ^ "[10]", Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  12. ^ Siregar, Lisa. "[11]", The Jakarta Globe, 23 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  13. ^ "[12]", IMDB, Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  14. ^ Gigernzer, Thalia. "[13]", The New York Times, 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  15. ^ Davis, Mustafa. "[14]", Deen Tight, 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  16. ^ "[15]", USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  17. ^ Canon, Anas. "[16]", The Washington Post, 4 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  18. ^ Gigernzer, Thalia. "[17]", The New York Times, 16 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  19. ^ "[18]", POV, 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  20. ^ Canon, Anas. "[19]", The Center of Intention, January 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.

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