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Bene Tally Band Collective Project

Bene Tally Collective is a project initiated by Dembis Thioung with the intention to merge all his musical experiences in one stage: introducing the world to the West African dundun drum and other percussion instruments by combining live band performances with drum & dance workshops while praising his Griot heritage transmitting reflexions on the most important aspects of life.

The name Bene Tally, meaning “one road”, 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!

As a lead-in show, Dembis Thioung presents a showcase of spirited melodies he has created along with his Dundunfola apprentices.

Bene Tally Band Collective launched its first performance last Sunday 13th October 2019 at Hootananny Brixton. 

Bene Tally Band members: Dembis Thioung (composer, drum kit, dunduns, asico, vocals), 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), Keenan (bass guitar), Tomo Tani (electric guitar),  Aida Diop (dancer), Moulaye Diallo (Simba lion).

Dundunfolas: Debbie Tulsie, Selina Wolke Rios, Ella FoxWanjiru Gichigi, Maisy Matumaini, Yolenn Col, Johnathan Wine. 

Outfits design: Saliou Ngom 

Videographer: Maite Villarino

 Photography by Barbara Grehs

Video by Maite Villarino

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