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Dylan Basset's Bio

Dylan Bassett

Director of the African Drum Ensemble

785-331-8002
dbassett@ku.edu

Dylan Bassett has been the director of the African Drum Ensemble at KU since it was created in 2007 through the Kansas African Studies Center. Dylan is a composer, percussionist, and teacher. He holds a BA in Music and an MA in Global and International Studies. His 20 years of experience teaching include work with:

  • The Missouri Fine Arts Academy
  • Drury University
  • Webster University
  • Missouri State University
  • The Missouri Arts Council
  • The Americana Music Academy
  • The University of Kansas

Dylan teaches private lessons in:

  • drum set
  • snare drum
  • keyboards
  • congas
  • djembe
  • orchestral and marching percussion
  • traditional African, Cuban, and Brazilian drumming styles

Dylan has studied West African percussion in Ghana, Senegal, and the U.S. with:

  • Mamady Keita (Guinea)
  • Foude Bangoura (Guinea)
  • Mohamed DeCosta (Sierra Leone)
  • Mohamed Camara (Guinea)
  • Mustapha Tettey Addy (Ghana)
  • Moses Otoo (Ghana)
  • Massala Mbaye (Senegal)
  • Petit Diop (Senegal)
  • Assame Diouck (Senegal)
  • Greg Ince (U.S.)
  • Ray Castrey (U.S.)

Dylan specializes in:

  • djembe
  • dunun
  • odonno
  • tama
  • sabar
  • kpanlogo
  • kalangu
  • drumset

He has performed in numerous jazz, rock, African, blues, and fusion bands throughout the U.S., Senegal, and Ghana. Currently Dylan performs with the afro-jazz-funk band SUNU and with the jazz band Bemsha Swing.

 


 
 
 






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