Artists & Workshops / Usifu Jalloh

Art forms


What he does

  • West African storytelling with music interactive performances

Who for

  • Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Youth and Community groups
  • In Service Training
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Residencies
  • Training Events and Conferences
  • Festivals and Events


"It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces. Usifu is not only a mesmerising performer, but a skilled and intuitive facilitator."

Downs View Special School, Brighton.


Usifu is a professional actor, dancer, percussionist and storyteller, whose unique skills introduce audiences and participants to West African traditions and cultures. An effervescent personality, Usifu's background in theatre makes him an ideal and dynamic workshop leader. His workshops combine elements of drumming, dancing, storytelling and games to uplift, inspire and educate youngsters and adults alike.

 A well-known face on the culturally diverse arts scene, Usifu has made two short films on the subject of refugees. The most recent was Journey Man (sponsored by the Arts Council, Wales), which starred Usifu alongside Ruth Madoc. The film has been shown at several international festivals and has won five awards to date. Usifu also made Lion Mountain in collaboration with BBC2, about two Sierra Leone refugee youngsters in England.