Ben Paulding is an American percussionist who extensively lived in Kumasi, Ghana, where he had over 200 performances with the Centre for National Culture and the Nsuase Kete Group. Currently based in Boston, MA, he plays drums/percussion in Kotoko Brass Air Congo, the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, and the Ahenema Cultural Group (NYC). Ben teaches music at Brandeis University, Inspire Arts and Music, and Zumix, and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.


Performing at a funeral with the Nsuase Kete Group 

Performing at a funeral with the Nsuase Kete Group 

Ben Paulding plays in Kotoko Brass, Air Congo, the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society, and the Ahenema Cultural Group. He has performed and recorded with Jerry Leake’s Cubist world/rock/fusion band, Marcus Santos’ Bloco AfroBrazil, and with jazz pianist Kelly Sciandra.

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Teaching Kete at a Kumasi middle school

Teaching Kete at a Kumasi middle school

Ben Paulding teaches at Brandeis University, as well as at Inspire Arts and Music, and Zumix. He has presented workshops at New England Conservatory, Mount Holyoke, and Holy Cross, and has taught at the International Community School in Kumasi, Ghana. 

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