Accompanying Emmy Award nominee Snatam Kaur for her Asian Tour in 2006 and representing Singapore in the UIA World Congress of Architecture in Italy in 2008, Kamal Bènsra has contributed significantly
and brought awareness to the Cajòn, conceptualising the versatile box drum and its playing techniques.
In addition, Bènsra was featured in The Straits Times dated 26 July 2013 for his development, originality, and augmentation on the cajòn. Bènsra is also the first person to have ever appeared on national television in both 2010 & 2011 for pioneering and giving a cajòn workshop in Singapore, interweaving his name eternally in the annals of history. Having been cordially invited by
Yamaha Music School (YMS), Bènsra shared his unique skills and techniques on the box drum at the premises of YMS in December 2010.
Possessing a Bachelor’s in Indian Classical Tabla, Bènsra’s numerous hand and finger techniques and processes have helped him cultivate an original playing style in world percussion, unique only to himself. Bènsra is also a certified PA (People’s Association) cajòn trainer.
In March 2006, Bènsra toured with Emmy Award nominee Snatam Kaur. He provided beautiful Cajon, Tabla and vocal accompaniment in Snatam’s Celebrate Peace Tour 2006. Kamal, Snatam and her entourage had a ball of a time and brought music to its zenith.
Bènsra didn’t stop there though. He performed the opening act in Italy in July 2008 at the UIA World Congress of Architecture 2008 and brought new meaning to fusion music. He has been asked and persuaded to perform there again.
In addition to performing, Bènsra regularly conducts courses/workshops for organisations and entities. He has conducted courses and workshops for Yamaha Music School, Serangoon Gardens Country Club, Serangoon Secondary School, and more.
The groups/bands/individuals Bènsra has collaborated with include
Percoject, Tama Goh, Rizal Sanip, Maniam (tabla), Stephen Rufus, Clinton Carnegie, Andrew Lum, Joe Jaya, Jungledelics, E-Tree & Friends, NewAsia, and Soul Ethnicity, Enrique’s Latin Affairs, among others.
Bènsra’s main instrument is the Cajon, but he also plays the drumkit, bongos, congas, and other auxiliary percussion. He has a Bachelor’s in Performing Arts (Tabla) in Indian classical music, accredited from the Temple of Fine Arts International Music School. Besides playing percussion and drums, Bènsra is also a brilliant composer. He composes music for his present 2-man percussion band, Percoject, which performed again recently at Sentosa for the 2010 Countdown.
Accompanied Snatam Kaur, Grammy Award nominee, on her ‘Celebrate Peace Tour’ in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand) in 2006. Played Cajon, Tabla, and provided vocal accompaniment.
New Year Countdown at Montreux Jazz Cafe 2016/2017 with Band Mariam
New Year Countdown 2010 and 2011 at Capella Singapore, Sentosa
Performed regularly at Coasters Sentosa (Siloso Beach), and Capella Hotel (Sentosa) in 2012-2014
Performed in Turin, Italy in July 2008 at the UIA World Congress of Architecture 2008
Performed at Malt Stock Festival 2009 together with NewAsia – November 2009
Played djembe together with Human Rhythms for Gala under the Stars by Singapore Sports Council at the National Stadium to mark the closing of the National Stadium – 28 Mar 2007
Fullerton Waterboat House with The Latin Affair – Jan 2011
Performed for the Bank of China’s 70th Anniversary – 25 Oct 2006
Performed for the 15th ASEAN Summit at Shangri-La Hotel in Aug 2005.
Performed with E-Tree & Friends at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre for Singapore Arts Festival 2004
Performed for Arts in the City – 7 May till 16 July 2004 Performed for Bvlgari Products Launch in June 2003
Performed at Victoria Concert Hall with Singapore Armed Forces Concert Band annual concert in 2000
Performed at the Istana for Presidential dinner in Apr 2002 Performed at River Drums Festival at Clarke Quay Singapore – 2000
Performed for MTV Asia Meet - 2000
Performed snare drum and bass drum for the parade contingent during
National Day Parade 1999 and 2000 respectively.
Performed snare drum for the parade contingent for SAF Day Parade in
1999 and 2000
Performed tabla for North Indian Classical Vocal Bandish sung by senior students taught by the international classical singer and Maestro Shubha Mudgal, from India.
Performed for HP Award Dinner August 2008
Composed title song for AWWA Special School’s Family Day
celebrations July 2008
Performed at Vertu’s Signature Series Launch. Guests included
international star Michelle Yeoh – Sep 2008
Played Dhol for the walk-in of MP for Sembawang GRC at the
Woodlands Polyclinic re-opening – Sep 2008
Performed for APEC 2009 Singapore Symposium at the Asian Civilisations Museum – 15 Oct 2008
Performed for the Singapore Human Capital Summit held at Shangri-La Hotel – 2008
Performed at the International Furniture Fair, 26th ASEAN Furniture Show, held at Shangri-La Hotel – 10 Mar 2009
Conducted numerous workshops on Cajon, Tabla, and rhythm theory and conceptualisation
Bachelor in Performing Arts (Tabla) – Temple of Fine Arts Indian Classical Music School, Singapore, completed 1998
Masters in Special Education – National Institute of Education, completing in 2014
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology & Humanities, Monash University, completed 2005 Diploma in Special Education – National Institute of Education, completed 2010
National Indian Classical Music Competition
Kamal won the top honours and emerged champion in this competition, bringing pride to his teacher, school, family and himself
Mediacorp Television Singapore
Together in a group with 3 other jugglers, taught and choreographed Mediacorp artistes a juggling repertoire which was performed for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Charity Show 2003