May 26, 2015

Balafon with Ben Lawrence

Ben Lawrence

Ben Lawrence

Using Xylophones/Balafon from Ghana, looking at traditional rhythms and improvisational techniques. Developing our rhythmic sense and ability to play as a group. Ben aims to set people at ease, giving them confidence in their ability to understand, enjoy and feel the music, filling your head and body with rhythm.

About Ben

Ben is a multi talented musician who started playing the cello before developing an interest in Ghanaian music.  Ben has an amazing stall (Ghana Goods) from which he will be teaching Ghanaian xylophone, drums and percussion to all ages and abilities.

A Cellist from nine, studying music at Dartington College of Arts. Ben trained as a Community Musician setting up Community Music Wales. He played and toured with the folk group ‘Aberjaber’ and percussion ensemble ‘Drum Orchestra’. He is a renowned teacher running music workshops across the country for over twenty years. In 1992 Ben studied for a year in West Africa, returning annually to Ghana, learning from some of Ghana’s leading performers and teachers. He is also the director of Ghana Goods, importing and selling musical instruments.

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