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Native Chicagoan Sura, (Pronounced Soo-Rah), began his musical career as percussionist. His mother and sister introduced him to music at an early age. By 1963 Sura became seriously involved in music after joining the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Over the next three decades Sura developed his musical talents including the creative development of the “Sun Drummer”, which has preformed nationally for many years. Since then, Dupart has studied drumming practices and traditions from Africa, the Diaspora, and the south side of Chicago.
Besides his musical work, Dupart is also one of Chicago’s most accomplished sculptors. Working in oils, wood and metal Sura’s work has been featured as part of a special exhibit at Chicago DuSable Museum and Museum Of Science and Industry.
He currently performs with his Side Pocket Experience as well as the Participatory Music Coalition. Joining him are the legendary Soji Adebayo on keyboards, the unstoppable Santez on tenor sax and saxello, trumpeter Curtis Black and Dr. Adam Zanolini on double bass, flute, and sax.
“Before Music was used for entertainment it was used as a primary source of healing and a sublime connection to the divine. My strongest desire is to continue to perfect my art as well as my music and to become more of a spiritual link to god.” – Sura Dupart
Recently, British-based Jazzman Records has re-released Soji Adebayo’s extremely rare Spiritual Jazz classic Infinite Spirit Music LP. Originally released in 1979 on the Ancient African label (only 300 copies were initially pressed and these now fetch over $3000 apiece) this album combined Afro-futurism with political concerns and Haitian-inspired pulsating rhythms to create a beautiful tone poem that at long last is touching many avid listeners worldwide. Featuring Adebayo’s trippy electric keyboards with Kahil El’Zabar on percussion and the late Henry Huff on reeds this album per critic Chris May from All About Jazz “sounds like a stripped down Sun Ra Arkestra crossed with the group John Coltrane assembled for Kulu Sé Mama (Impulse, 1966) and the one Shamek Farrah led on First Impressions (Strata-East, 1974)”.