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Idris Muhammad

Idris Muhammad was an American jazz drummer who recorded with Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, Pharoah Sanders, Tete Montoliu. Born Leo Morris in New Orleans, he grew up in the city's 13th Ward, he showed early talent as a percussionist and began his professional career while still a teenager, playing on Fats Domino’s "Blueberry Hill". He toured with Sam Cooke, worked with Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield working in R&B until the mid-1960s, before going on to work more in jazz. Muhammad was an endorser of Istanbul Agop Cymbals, he died aged 74 in 2014. He changed his name to Idris Muhammad in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. Speaking of his name change, he noted in an interview with Modern Drummer magazine, "One guy told me that if I changed my name, I was going to have a problem because no one would know that Leo Morris and Idris Muhammad were the same guy... But I thought, well, if I stay the same person people will know it’s me, and it worked like that. Everybody knew right away that it was me, because of my style of playing.”In 1966, he married Dolores "LaLa" Brooks, a former member of the Crystals.

She went for a time by the name Sakinah Muhammad. They separated in 1999. Together, they had two sons and two daughters, he had one daughter from a previous marriage to Gracie Lee Edwards. Idris Muhammad is best known for his 1974 album Power of Soul, including the track "Loran's Dance", which received considerable airplay on jazz radio stations. 1970: Black Rhythm Revolution! 1971: Peace and Rhythm 1974: Power of Soul 1976: House of the Rising Sun 1977: Turn This Mutha Out 1978: Boogie to the Top 1978: You Ain't No Friend of Mine 1979: Foxhuntin' 1980: Make It Count 1980: Kabsha 1992: My Turn 1998: Right Now Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique, "To All the Girls" Interview in Allaboutjazz Artist and album page of Lipstick Records

Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos is a Spanish-Chilean film director and composer. Among other honors, he has won two European Film Awards and one Academy Award, he has written the screenplays to all six of his films and composed all of their soundtracks. Amenábar was born in Santiago, Chile, to a Chilean father, Hugo Ricardo Amenábar and a Spanish mother, Josefina Cantos, he has a dual Chilean-Spanish citizenship. His father worked as a technician at General Electric, while his mother decided to stay at home and take care of the children. Alejandro is the younger of two brothers. Josefina's older sister had moved to the capital of Chile and she invited Josefina to join her there. In Santiago, Josefina met Hugo. Alejandro was born there in 1972. In August 1973, his family moved to Spain; the family settled in Madrid. When Alejandro was six years old, they moved to a complex on the outskirts of the town of Paracuellos de Jarama. Alejandro and his brother did not watch much television. From the age of 15, Alejandro would dedicate his time to going to the cinema to watch movies.

Other than theater, his passions were writing stories and reading books. According to Alejandro's mother, Alejandro had the capacity to absorb everything; as a child, he composed melodies with the keyboard and guitar with the same ease as when he wrote his stories. Alejandro started his studies at the Padres Escolapios de Getafe school. In his second year of high school, he transferred to the Alameda de Osuna institute, in the north-east of Madrid; the school was not close to. Before he became a director, Alejandro worked as a stock boy in a warehouse and as a gardener, until he had enough money to buy his own home camera, he did not want to start his university studies in cinema before having touched a camera. Amenábar entered the Information Sciences Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University, where after numerous scholastic failures he decided to give up studying cinema and he began directing; the advantage from having attended university was that he met people who in life would become important throughout his career.

At university, he met Mateo Gil, a friend and companion, the pair made a pact to always support each other's projects. Between 1991 and 1994, Amenábar made three short films which in a significant way influenced his first full-length films: La Cabeza, Himenóptero, Luna. Knowing José Luis Cuerda helped Alejandro in his career. A friend of José Luis Cuerda gave him the script of Himenóptero. Thereafter, Cuerda was interested in Amenábar's work; this led to him becoming the producer of Thesis, one of Amenábar's most recognized films, putting his name on the map. Thesis was a thriller set in the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. Through this film, he gained the attention of critics in the Berlin Film Festival and won seven Goyas, including Best Picture and Best New Director. In 1997 he made Abre Los Ojos, a science fiction movie that had notable success at international festivals such as Berlin and Tokyo. Impressed by the movie, Tom Cruise bought the rights to adapt and produce the film, starring in a remake, Vanilla Sky.

His third large film was a ghost story starring Nicole Kidman. It was successful at an international level in Spain, where it was the most viewed film that year; the Others was very popular in the United States, where it was at the top of the box office for several weeks. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2001, won eight Goyas, including the Best Picture and Best Director, was nominated for best European Film Movie. In 2004 Amenábar released The Sea Inside, a real life-story about a quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, which addressed issues such as euthanasia, abortion, or “the right to a dignified life.” The movie won 14 Goyas, including best movie and best director, an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. In 2008 Amenábar released his next film, called Mists of Time; the film starred big-name actors including Max Minghella. Agora premiered on October 9, 2009, with a budget of 50 million euros, it is the most expensive Spanish film in history. After a hiatus of seven years, Amenábar returned in 2015 with the thriller Regression, starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.

The film had its world premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in September 2015, where reviews were lukewarm. Amenábar is the composer of the soundtrack of his films, as well as others, such as Butterfly's Tongue directed by José Luis Cuerda and Nobody Knows Anybody directed by Mateo Gil. In 2004, Amenábar came out as gay. On 18 July 2015, he married David Blanco. Amenábar was raised Catholic, but became Agnostic and is now Atheist. Himenóptero Luna Thesis Open Your Eyes The Others The Sea Inside Agora Regression While at War Al Lado del Atlas Allanamiento de Morada La lengua de las mariposas Nobody Knows Anybody El Soñador Un viaje mar adentro Alejandro Amenábar on IMDb A mon

Ajib Ahmad

Datuk Seri Abdul Ajib bin Ahmad was a Malaysian politician. He served as the Chief Minister of Johor from 1982 and 1986 and was a minister in the federal government of Mahathir Mohamad, he was a member of the United Malays National Organisation. An economics graduate, Ajib worked as an adviser to Musa Hitam before becoming Chief Minister of Johor in 1982, he served as Chief Minister until 1986, when he moved to federal politics, winning the seat of Mersing. He became a minister in the government of Mahathir Mohamad, but was dismissed in 1987 when Mahathir promptly purged the government cabinet of those who opposed him when they supported, among others, the Deputy Prime Minister Tun Musa Hitam and Razaleigh Hamzah in the UMNO party presidency election. Ahmad died of a heart attack at the age of 63 on 3 February 2011, leaving his wife Datin Ropeah Hassan, three sons and a daughter. Malacca: Grand Commander of the Order of Malacca - Datuk Seri Johor: Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown of Johor - Dato'