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Ali Tabatabaee
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Tabatabaee performing with Zebrahead in 2019
Background information
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels Sony Japan, SPV, ICON
Associated acts Zebrahead

Ali Tabatabaee (Persian: علی طباطبایی‌پور) is an Iranian-American musician who is one of two main vocalists in the American band Zebrahead.


Before joining Zebrahead, Tabatabaee was a pre-med student at UC Irvine majoring in Biology and minoring in Theater. After graduating, he decided to take a year off from school to take the MCAT and to apply to medical school. It was during this time that he started singing with the other members of Zebrahead. After a year away from school he was accepted into the University of Chicago Medical School. However, due to Zebrahead's early success, he deferred acceptance for one year. "I didn't expect music to go anywhere. I thought I'd do it for a year and then I'd leave, and in a week's period, I got an acceptance to med school and we were supposed to do a showcase and the label was going to fly us to New York and I had to tell the school; they wanted to know. So I deferred for a year and then decided that I didn't want to go back after a year.... I think [music is] the ultimate way to express culture. To do that for a living? Everybody should aspire to do that." Tabatabaee cites some of his favorite bands as A Tribe Called Quest, System of a Down, and N.W.A.

In 1999, while on the Warped Tour, Tabatabaee was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a type of cancer, which he underwent chemo therapy and radiation therapy to cure. ..... He claims that because of what he was going through, some of the songs from that album are very special to him.


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Ali Tabatabaee, lead singer and rapper of Zebrahead performing in 2011

He is featured on the Reel Big Fish DVD You're All In This Together on the song "Unity" (originally by Operation Ivy).

Due to Zebrahead's growing popularity in Japan, Tabatabaee and Zebrahead bandmate Matty Lewis were asked by Sega to record vocals for a new theme song, titled "His World", which appears in the 2006 game Sonic The Hedgehog. Tabatabaee also composes most of the songs that Zebrahead performs.

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