Yousef Javier Al-Shomaimri is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at California State University, Los Angeles with an emphasis in Afro-Latin music. Yousef’s primary instrument is the electric bass, but he also plays upright bass, guitar, and percussion. He has a rich passion for music of the African diaspora, and is interested in linking music to culture in ways that are both accessible and empowering for young people. He believes that music and the arts are an important component in the fight for justice and integral to the self-confidence and achievement of students. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has performed with many bands including La Misa Negra (Cumbia), Bang Data (Latin-Alternative), Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, Orchestra Gold (African Rock from Mali).