One World Arts Exchange is committed to building intercultural understanding through the medium of performing arts. Our primary focus is sharing the vibrant music and dance of West African cultures, with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Republic of Guinea.

One World Arts Exchange was established in Connecticut in 1994 with Abdoulaye Sylla as our Artistic Director. We were known for the exciting workshops, performances, and classes we sponsored throughout New England. We developed enduring partnerships with schools, cultural institutions, arts commissions, youth programs, churches, museums, and others. In 2009 we relocated to the Seattle area in the Pacific Northwest and we are happy to be establishing new partnerships here. One World Arts Exchange offers programs in the US and abroad, including Cultural Exchange Tours to Guinea.

Our Artistic Director and lead artist, Abdoulaye Sylla, has been certified as a master teaching artist by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and is now on the Washington State Art Commission’s Teaching Artist roster. He is a former member of Les Ballets Africains, Guinea’s national dance company. He has toured, taught and performed throughout the US and the world, and is now sharing his artistic gifts with those who live in the Northwest. Although he has moved to Seattle, Abdoulaye is available for programs anywhere in the world. Since arriving in Seattle, Abdoulaye has co-created Message From Guinea, a group of gifted Guinean artists who play traditional music, sharing the rich cultural heritage of Guinea and African Connection, an eclectic group of artists from different parts of Africa and the diaspora. He is certified in Zumba Dance and is available to teach Zumba as well as traditional African dance and drum.

For booking or other inquiries, contact us at: sylla@danceanddrum.com, 1-203-605-9226.

Current Seattle Community Class Schedule:

Abdoulaye’s classes are on break for the summer.  He is on tour in California from July 5th-August 4th.  Stay tuned for details about fall classes.