Ben Aylon

One Man Tribe

11:30 p.m.
GOP Varieté-Theatre
Photo: Noam Chojnowski

De­fi­ned as a bor­der-brea­king mu­si­cian and per­cus­sio­nist, Ben Ay­lon is known for his con­tem­po­rary Se­ne­ga­lese drum­ming, ex­plo­sive bur­ning rhythms and si­gna­ture hy­brid drum­ming style. In his live show ‘One Man Tribe’ Ben crea­tes a mas­sive tribe-of-drum­mers sound with a ten-piece Se­ne­ga­lese drum set and pres­ents his com­po­si­ti­ons on the Xalam, a Se­ne­ga­lese string in­stru­ment. Ben star­ted his jour­ney in West Af­ri­can drum­ming with Sa­boula Ban­goura, a mas­ter drum­mer from Gui­nea Con­a­kry li­ving in Kar­kur, Israel.

At 20, Ben tra­ve­led to the Gam­bia twice to re­se­arch the Djembe drum­ming. On the se­cond trip, Ben was de­por­ted to Se­ne­gal due to visa is­sues. Little did he know that this chal­len­ging in­ci­dent would shape his fu­ture mu­si­cal path, set­ting Se­ne­ga­lese drum­ming as his pri­mary source of inspiration.

From that mo­ment, Ben stu­died Se­ne­ga­lese drum­ming un­der the gui­dance of Aly Ndiaye Rose and Dou­dou Ndiaye Rose, deepe­ning into the tra­di­tio­nal drum­ming and com­po­si­ti­ons of the fa­mily in Senegal.


Du­ring the fol­lo­wing ye­ars, Ben de­ve­lo­ped his way of per­forming the rhythms and com­po­si­ti­ons, in­ven­ting new tech­ni­ques, crea­ting a mas­sive multi-laye­red drum­ming ex­pe­ri­ence and sound. In Ja­nu­ary 2020, Ben gai­ned na­tio­nal re­co­gni­tion in Se­ne­gal af­ter be­ing fea­tured on po­pu­lar Se­ne­ga­lese TV shows and per­forming his solo shows around the ca­pi­tal, Da­kar. His wi­de­spread po­pu­la­rity has brought him tog­e­ther with the le­gen­dary Yous­sou Ndour and en­ab­led his many mu­si­cal col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons with ar­tists in­clu­ding Cheikh Lô, Khaira Arby, Omar Pene, Awadi and Dou­dou Ndiaye Rose.


Ben Ay­lon Per­cus­sion, Xalam



GOP Va­rieté-Theatre

Ge­org­straße 36, 30159 Hannover