Ustaz Hasan passed away of a heart attack on the morning of May 5, 2011. His loss is a great blow to those of us who knew him, but also to traditional instrument making in Egypt which is a dying art. He will be very sorely missed. Aleyerhamoo!
Ustaz Hasan's brother, Adel (below), is now in charge of his shop and has said he plans to continue the tradition of his brother in making traditional fish skin riqqs and clay darbukas. We wish him the best of luck and hope he is able to keep the legacy of Hasan alive for many years to come.