Justinian Tamusuza

Justinian Tamusuza (born 1951) is a Ugandan composer of contemporary classical music.

His music combines elements of traditional Ugandan music and Western music.[1] He is best known for his first string quartet, which was included by the Kronos Quartet on their 1992 CD Pieces of Africa, which contains music by seven African composers.[2] His music has also been performed by the Imani Winds.[3]

Tamusuza was born in Kibisi.[4] His early training was in Baganda traditional music. His early instructors included the Reverend Anthony Okelo and Kevin Volans at Queen's University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland.[4] He received his doctorate in composition at Northwestern University, where he studied with Alan Stout.[5][4]

He has taught at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda,[1] as well as at Northwestern University.

His music is published by International Opus.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Musical masters fuse Western and traditional music". The Journalist. 27 October 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Pieces of Africa". Kronos Quartet. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  3. ^ Hoover, Sarah. "Imani Winds Is an Ensemble on a Mission". Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Lwanga, Charles (2012). "Intercultural Composition: An Analysis of the First Movement of Justinian Tamusuza'sMu Kkubo Ery'Omusaalaba for String QuartetandBaakisimba Ne'biggu" (PDF). d-scholarship.pitt.edu. pp. 4–7. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  5. ^ "SAD NEWS - Experimental Contemporary Composer Alan Stout has Died - Aged 85". The World's Leading Classical Music News Source. Est 2009. February 4, 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  6. ^ "International Opus". internationalopus.com. Retrieved 29 June 2021.

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