"I first saw Graham Lear of Carlos Santana play a Yamaha kit, but wasn't really sure what series it was. From then on I wanted a Yamaha kit and played an old Recording Custom 9000 series for years. Now, 20 years later after swapping and trying out different drum kits, I found the sound I was always looking for in the Maple Custom."
Ben HAKALITZ (Drummer/Kuakumba Flutes/Guitar and Vocals) with a musical career spanning over 30 years, is from Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
He has toured worldwide with international artists including, Yothu Yindi, Sanguma and Tribe Of Jubal. Ben lives in Cairns and was awarded the Australia Centenary Medal for services to the Australian Community through Music.
He worked on the soundtrack to Australian Director/Producer, Bill Bennett's film: In The Savage Land (won an AFI Award, 1998). He also performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sydney and in the opening acts for Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue (2003) and Carlos Santana's Australian Tour (2004). Ben has also worked with Edou, DrumDrum, Toni Nation, Tamabaran Culture, Seaman Dan, Not Drowning, Waving and Telek. Ben co-wrote the music for the PNG's National Theatre Company stage musical: Sana Sana, which was performed at the South Pacific Festival of Arts in Cook Islands. Currently working on film soundtracks for Mr Pip composed and arranged by Tim Finn.