Drummer Lamine Lopez Soumah Dies of Motorcycle Injuries

Contributed by Tiani Tarr

Lamine Lopez Soumah died on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, after a motorcycle
accident and several months in medical care. His death was a shock and terrible
tragedy as he is highly regarded by peers, younger artists, and students from
around the world. A devout Muslim, husband, and father, Lopez is survived by 3
wives and 8 children. Lopez Soumah was the artistic Director of Les Percussions de Guinée. Her was born January 1, 1949 at Dubreka (Lower Guinea).

He was married with eight children. Lamine Soumah attended a French school
until junior high, when he dropped out to pursue the jembe (drum).