Dylan Bassett

Lecturer, West African Drumming
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785-864-3436


Dylan Bassett is a lecturer in percussion at the KU School of Music and the director of the award- winning KU West African Drum Ensemble. He has studied West African percussion in Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia and the U.S. with Mamady Keita, Sekou Balandougou Keita, Famoudou Konate, Fode Bangoura, Mohamed Camara, Mustapha Tettey Addy, Massala Mbaye, Petit Diop, and Assame Diouck. Dylan has performed in the U.S, Senegal, Guinea, and Ghana with various artists, including Souleymane Faye, Orchestra Baobab, Magatte and Her Orchestra, Balandougou Kan, Fassile Doumbia, Djembe Kaan, Sapes Highlife Band, Quixotic Performance Fusion, Gash/Voight Dance Theatre, Jon Fishman, Greg Ince, Jamie Masefield, and SUNU. Bassett has received numerous grants and awards, including the FLAS Research Fellowship from Gaston Berger University, Senegal, and as a director his ensemble won the Percussive Arts Society’s 2017 World Percussion Ensemble Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Missouri State and a Master of Arts in Global and International Studies with emphasis in West African percussion from the University of Kansas.


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