Ben Aylon Xalam


Doudou Ndiaye Rose ● Khaira Arby ● Amy Sacko ● AvevA
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"What stands out is how seamlessly Aylon has absorbed the essence of different West African styles –
from Mande griot music to Senegalese Mbalax via Desert Blues – and distilled them into a unique and highly compelling montage”

Nigel Williamson
Songlines (5 Star Review)

"Thank you for doing the promotion of Senegal”

Youssou Ndor - International Senegalese Superstar

"Ben Aylon returning the respect he has received back to the source”

Derek Rath, Afropop



Defined as a border-breaking musician and percussionist, Ben is known for his contemporary Senegalese drumming, explosive burning rhythms and cutting-edge hybrid drumming techniques. Ben's solo act 'One Man Tribe' showcases his innovative drumming style, playing a set of 10 different African drums simultaneously, creating a massive sound of a tribe of drummers inspired by the deep Senegalese drumming traditions.

In January 2020, Ben gained national recognition in Senegal after being featured on famous Senegalese TV shows with millions of viewers, having solo shows around the capital, Dakar. His activity in Senegal led to a personal meeting with Youssou Ndour and musical collaborations with West African legends: Cheikh Lo, Omar Pene, Awadi and Doudou Ndiaye Rose. Ben's drumming style is considered as the next generation of Senegalese drumming and his work has been acknowledged and approved by master drummers Doudou Ndiaye Rose and Ali Ndiaye Rose.

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Ben’s debut international album Xalam on World Music Network (2021) presents his playing and compositions on the xalam - a traditional Senegalese string instrument. The album was announced as Best Album 2021 on Songlines Magazine and hit #5 on both Transglobal World Music Charts, and World Music Charts Europe. The album received a 5 star 'Top of The World' review on Songlines Magazine and a 4 star review on DownBeat Magazine. Seven years in the making, ‘Xalam’ features the late, great Malian diva Khaira Arby, sabar drumming legend Doudou Ndiaye Rose and Griot diva singer - Amy Sacko.

Ben performed and recorded with world-renowned musicians such as: Pino Palladino, Blake Mills, Noga Erez, Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Cheikh Lo, Bombino, Yossi Fine, Shye Ben-Tzur, Didier Awadi, Omar Pene, Khaira Arby and Amy Sacko to name a few.


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