URS DATE: May 15, 2016
NICKLE: Clyde “Shems” Nickle died of natural causes at the age of 77 on May 15, 2016, while attending a Sufi retreat in Jemez Springs. He moved to Silver City in 2005 to found a Sufi center, having run a center for eight years previously in Kansas City, MO. An excellent drummer since age 9, Shems once said “the drum was my voice” and playing it was meditative for him, a way of connecting to Spirit. Besides being a Sufi musician, he was a member of two local bands: The Original Gypsy Feet and The F Street Band. In Kansas City he played with The Bobcats and the jazz band of nationally know performer David Bassey. Shems was a Sufi teacher who “walked the talk”; he loved everybody. He will be missed by many, especially his wife Victoria Basira Nickle; five children; five grandchildren; and many brothers and sisters of his Sufi family.