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Uasuf Gueye | Drum and Bala Instructor

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Uasuf Gueye is our instructor of Djembe at HTCMLI.

He is a 2017-2018 Strathmore Artist in-Residence. Born in Washington, DC, Uasuf Gueye belongs to a family of Nguewel/Diali, or oral historians and musicians. He began his study and performance of Manding and Wolof music at a very young age.

Uasuf is a dynamic Djembe and Dundun drummer as well as a skilled instrument craftsman. He also plays the 21-key Bala, which he learned first with his teacher, Cheick Hamala Diabate and other master artists of the Manding tradition of West Africa.

Uasuf has dedicated his life to the task of becoming an ambassador of African culture to the world. The catalyst for such a responsibility is the passion he has for reconnecting those of the African Diaspora to one another. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. 

We encourage you to find out more about Uasuf at https://www.ugcreations.com/ .


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