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. "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. 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.