Kishon Khan

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Kishon Khan
Native name কীশোন খান
Born (1970-08-01) 1 August 1970 (age 47)
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Origin London, England
Instruments Piano
Years active 1999–present

Kishon Khan (Bengali: কীশোন খান; born 1 August 1970) is a Bangladeshi-born British jazz pianist, composer, arranger and music producer.

Early life[edit]

Khan grew up in North London and learned to play the piano as a child. He studied Economics at the University of East Anglia. During his 20s, he lived in Cuba for a while, which led to him being interested in Afro-Cuban music.[1]


In 1999, Khan set up the Afro-Cuban funk jazz band Motimba. The lineup of Motimba included Justin Thurgur (trombone), Graeme Flowers (trumpet), Oreste Noda (percussion), Jimmy Martinez (bass), Javier Camillo (vocals), Phil Dawson (guitar), and Tansay Ibrahim (drums). In 2003, Motimba's first album Monkey Vibrations was released.

Khan set up Lokkhi Terra, a musical project combining Bangladeshi music traditions with those from Africa and Latin America.[2] A few members of the Motimba crew also play for Lokkhi Terra; in addition, the band features the Bengali vocalists Sohini Alam, Aanon Siddiqua and Aneire Khan. Lokkhi Terra have released two albums to date.

Khan and his bands have toured extensively, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. In 2009, his score for Sadik Ahmed's film, The Last Thakur, won a Grand Jury award for Best Music at the South Asian International Film Festival in New York.[3]

Kishon has performed in mainstream venues, including Ronnie Scotts, House of Commons,[citation needed] Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre, and in festivals including Glastonbury and World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD), and headlined some of the 'London Calling' Olympic festivals in 2012.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Al-mahmood, Syed Zain (6 November 2009). "The Wizards of Timba". 8 (93). Bangladesh: The Daily Star. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lokkhi Terra". Ronnie Scott's. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Kishon Khan". Oitijjo. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 

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