Ben Paulding is an American percussionist who extensively lived in Kumasi, Ghana, drumming on national television for the Ghanaian President and the country’s top traditional chiefs and queen-mothers. In West Africa, Ben had over 200 performances with internationally acclaimed drum and dance ensembles including the Centre for National Culture, the Ashanti King’s Fontomfrom Ensemble, and the Nsuase Kete Group. Ben currently lives in Boston where he directs the Fafali Ghanaian music ensemble at Brandeis University, and serves as Drum Leader for David Locke and Attah Poku’s Agbekor Drum and Dance Society.


Performing at a funeral with the Nsuase Kete Group 

Performing at a funeral with the Nsuase Kete Group 

Ben Paulding has performed and recorded with David Locke and Nani Agbeli's Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, Jerry Leake’s Cubist world/rock/fusion band, Marcus Santos’ Bloco AfroBrazil, and with contemporary jazz pianist Kelly Sciandra.

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Teaching Kete at a Kumasi middle school

Teaching Kete at a Kumasi middle school

Ben Paulding has taught the Agbekor Society's Ashanti Music Section, and has appeared as a guest lecturer presenting on Kete at the New England Conservatory. Ben currently teaches music at the International Community School in Kumasi, Ghana.

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