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Bene Tally Band Collective Project

Bene Tally Collective is a project initiated by Dembis Thioung with the intention to bring together music, sound, voice, dance and movement experiences and gather our talented and self-expressed community of artists in one space. Bene Tally collective is rooted in the world by the West African dundun drum and other percussion instruments as well as by Dembis' Griot heritage and ancestral call to  open and invite flowing creative collaborations with the community artists of London combining live performances with drum & dance circles.

The name Bene Tally, meaning “one way”, is the name of the amazing neighbourhood where Dembis Thioung was born, he grow up and learned so many good values. It is formed by a very lively, diverse and spontaneous community, located in the heart of Dakar (Senegal), where people share and take care of each other always in happiness: they value their wealth not for how much they have, but for how much they share and give to others. They call this “teranga” and it’s the essence of the Senegalese culture.

The audience is encouraged to be part of the performance by joining singing traditional songs, dancing at the vertiginous legendary rhythms and accompanying the percussionists with spontaneous sounds. They will have the opportunity to connect with the deep self, the others, the world and all life, be put in a trance, and receive the powerful healing benefits of the West African wisdom!

Dembis Thioung invites the Dundunfola drummers that attend to Penchmi circles to showcase the spirited melodies they have created during their sessions. 

Bene Tally Band Collective launched its first performance last Sunday 13th October 2019 at Hootananny Brixton. It will be performing next Saturday 1st July at Peckham Levels as part of the 7th West African Dundun Drum + Dance festival organised in collaboration with the Little Baobaob, finest Senegalese London based restaurant. More details here:

Bene Tally Collective collaborators & guests: Dembis Thioung (composer, drum kit, dunduns, asico, vocals), Moussa Dembele (balafon, drums, gnoni),  Apex Zero (spoken word, voice, drums), Luzmira Zerpa (voice, dance), ( Batch Gueye (vocals, shaker), Ousmane Camara (Djembe, asico and sabar drums), Alai Sanfo (djembe drum), Cheikh Diop (djembe, sabar and asico drums), Maimouna Ndir (vocals, dance), Richard Richard (electric guitard), Keenan (bass guitar), Tomo Tani (electric guitar),  Aida Diop (voice, dancer), Moulaye Diallo (Simba lion), Zarak (bamboo saxo) .

PENCHMI Dundunfolas (drum+dance): Debbie Tulsie, Selina Wolke Rios, Ella FoxWanjiru Gichigi, Maisy Matumaini, Yolenn Col, Johnathan Wine, Jennyfer Parnasse, Joyce Assogba, Ava, Tamatha Weisser. 

Outfits design: Saliou Ngom 

Videographer: Maite Villarino

Photography & Illustration: Barbara Grehrs

 Photography by Barbara Grehs

Video by Maite Villarino

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