Established 20 years ago, we are very experienced and recognised within the Turkish/ Greek/ Turkish Cypriot/ Asian and very recently Moroccan, Egyptian and Afgan communities in the UK, having performed at over 2000 events including weddings, engagements, private functions, special events and TV shows.
Our specialist expertise, reputation and experience in the industry has given us the cutting edge enabling us to build strong relationships with all our clients. We promise that we are a band of true professionals and pride ourselves on being friendly, reliable and polite with our guests.
We take pride in what we do to ensure that our service is tailor made to meet and exceed the needs of our clients.
Bulent Ali - Davul, Percussion and Drums
Bulent was born in 1973, in London, England.
He began playing drums at the age of 10 and started taking private lessons for 9 years. He joined his high school Jazz big band aged 12 and kept this position until he left school, in this period he played in several concerts and festivals around the UK.
Bulent joined his first Turkish band at the age of 13 where he played drums on a full time basis. Playing in Turkish bands for 7 years gave Bulent the foundations and experience to move onto different musical genres including Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop and Rock Music/Bands. In 1989 Bulent joined a Turkish Pop/Rock band called Elektra and subsequently went onto release an album in 1994 with this band.
In 1992-96 Bulent decided to further develop his drumming skills by attending and obtaining qualifications from the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall of Music. He also went onto coach and mentor students at the same mentioned academies. He also teaches drums privately from beginners to advance on a one- to- one basis.
Bulent formed & founded Ahenkli in 2007 after playing davul-zurna with various duos since 1992.
In November 2010, Bulent decided to introduce a touch of elegance to Ahenkli’s repertoire and a brand new sound to the Turkish community by combining the Davul with the Violin. The combination of these two instruments had never been combined before in the UK and has now subsequently become an ever popular choice.
Ahmet Ali - Violin, Davul and Saz
Ahmet was born in 1965 in London, England and is the brother of Ahenkli’s founder, Bulent Ali.
Ahmet’s musical career started in 1975 at the tender age of 10 playing the Saz on a full time basis in his father’s Turkish wedding band. He also started taking Violin lessons around the same age and developed his skill set to a high standard and again used these skills in the same band. Ahmet has gone on to become a vastly experienced musician over the years playing with various Turkish bands.
Ahmet joined Ahenkli in 2010 and has gone on to become a versatile member of the team playing the violin and davul.
Hasan Ali - Zurna, Mae Flute, Kaval and Ut
musical career started at the age of 11 playing the Saz, Kaval & Ut in
various ensembles from most regions from Turkey. Whilst
living in Istanbul, Ali also graduated with a degree in
physics. He moved to London in 1993 and started playing in various
Turkish bands on a regular basis.
Ali started to learn how to play the Zurna in
1999 and has gone on to become one of the finest Zurna players in the
UK. He is also a mentor,
choreographer and musical director for various folk dancing organisations across
UK and regular plays regularly at
festivals home and abroad.
Ali's extensive knowledge of Turkish and Cypriot tunes has made him extremely versatile and a key member of Ahenkli.
Ali Mustafa- Zurna, Violin, Ut and Saz
Ali was born in 1973, in London, England.
He originally started out playing the saz, but focused his attention on the violin at the age of 14.
He began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing for various folkdancing organisations in London and joined a band in 1988.
Ali is a well recognised, versatile and accomplished musician within the Turkish community.
Tansay Omar - Davul and Drums
Ahenkli is proud to welcome on board producer and session drummer Tansay Omar formerly of Bjork, Boy George and many other great acts from around the world.