The Genesis

Brother Yusef left Africa in 1989 to be with with his sister who was dying. He had been living there for 13 years and had planned to stay. After returning, he began drumming to survive; he had been director of a dance company in Boston before going to Africa. On the side he was doing his woodcraft but not promoting it full time. By word of mouth and occasionally vending, he was able to sell his artwork. He drummed faithfully with the Uhuru Dance Company and Barbara Sullivanís African Dance Connection for a number of years. In 2000 he decided to promote his woodcarving full time and tried unsuccessfully to locate a local gallery that would grant him an exhibit. Only one gallery did. He decided to open his own space and found a location in East Point during the summer of 2001. He existed there for about a year and a half. It was not an ideal location (in the back of the building) and 9/11 occurred about a month after he opened his doors. He experienced a brief hiatus and was able to relocate to Cascade Heights in the fall of 2003. As a result of "his" experience, he opened his doors to other aspiring artists - hosting exhibits and displaying their artwork. He continues to provide exposure for aspiring artists of various medium. Yusef exhibits a strong and tenacious love for African culture and desires to share that culture with all people.

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