Mr. Ali Kassim was a talented musician who taught himself to play violin and trumpet and, in spite of his highly regarded career and artistic fame, he came to the DCMA to develop his skills and receive a formal music education.
During his time at the DCMA his support for the Academy was 100%. He participated fully in the culture and life of the Academy, amongst other things leading the DCMA Beni Band and traveling with DCMA musicians and artists to UMOJA events (Norwegian sponsored Flying Culture Carpet) where he was a popular and inspiring member of the international group. Ali Kassim performed locally and internationally - in Ethiopia with UMOJA, and represented the DCMA student group in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Ali Kassim loved music. He was a member of the Culture Music Club and whilst at the DCMA he enthusiastically and generously shared his talents training students to play violin and trumpet and we had hopes that one day he would join the school as a violin teacher.
Mr. Ali Kassim will be remembered as a man who was admired and respected by all who knew him, not only for his musical abilities and skills but also as a man who lived in peace with all, who never quarreled and gave whole heartedly his love of music both in performance and in teaching fellow musicians.
We at the DCMA are privileged to have known and worked with Ali Kassim and he will be sadly missed