|Studio album by Diga Rhythm Band|
|Mickey Hart chronology|
Diga is an album by the Diga Rhythm Band, a percussion-based music ensemble led by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and by Zakir Hussain. It was released by Round Records as a vinyl LP in 1976. It was remixed and released on CD by Rykodisc Records in 1988.
The ensemble, originally called the Tal Vadya Rhythm Band, was founded in 1973 by Zakir Hussain, at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Mickey Hart joined in 1975, and Hussain and Hart renamed the group the Diga Rhythm Band. Diga was recorded in 1976 at Hart's studio The Barn in Novato, California.
|The Music Box|||
Writing in The Music Box in 2008, John Metzger said that the album "effectively introduced percussion-driven, globally minded grooves to an entirely new audience. It also was far ahead of its time..... Diga is, in hindsight, a very uneven affair.... If viewed from the perspective that it was the beginning rather than the end of a journey, it's much easier to see Diga's charms."
- "Sweet Sixteen" – 8:03
- "Magnificent Sevens" – 12:55
- "Happiness Is Drumming" – 3:17
- "Razooli" – 2:50
- "Tal Mala" – 12:48
Diga Rhythm Band
- Mickey Hart – traps, gongs, timbales, timpani
- Zakir Hussain – tabla, folk drums, tar
- Jordan Amarantha – congas, bongos
- Peter Carmichael – tabla
- Aushim Chaudhuri – tabla
- Vince Delgado – dumbek, tabla, talking drum
- Tor Dietrichson – tabla
- Jim Loveless – marimbas
- Joy Shulman – tabla
- Ray Spiegel – vibes
- Arshad Syed – duggi tarang, nal
- Jerry Garcia – guitar on "Happiness is Drumming", "Razooli"
- Jim McPherson – vocals on "Razooli"
- Kathy MacDonald – vocals on "Razooli"
- David Freiberg – vocals on "Razooli"
- Mickey Hart – producer
- Vince Delgado – associate producer
- Zakir Hussain – production and arranging associate
- Dan Healy – recording
- Willy Wolf – recording
- Betty Cantor – recording
- Brett Cohen – assistant engineer
- Jordan De La Sierra – cover art
- Onehart – photograph
- Steven Jurgensmeyer – package design
- Tom Flye – engineer
- Tom Size – assistant engineer
- Joe Gastwirt – digital mastering
- "This album is dedicated to our friend and teacher Ustad Alla Rakha, and to all drummers everywhere".