|DANDANA is a musical collective with musicians from the Netherlands, Senegal and The Gambia with members Bas Ackermann, Ebou Gaye Mada, Filly Dioma, Jackson Loman, Joop de Graaf and Modou Joof.Inspiration is drawn from West African psychedelic mandingue pioneers Guelewar, Ifang Bondi & Touré Kunda and the synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala. ‘Free the System’ will take you on a journey through a new universe.
A1 WDYK (Yow Lor Chi Ham)
A3 Ndanka Ndanka
A4 Baye Fall (skitt)
B1 Mon Afrique
B2 Ever Living
B3 Free The System
DANDANA is a musical collective with musicians from the Netherlands, Senegal and The Gambia with members Bas Ackermann, Ebou Gaye Mada, Filly Dioma, Jackson Loman, Joop de Graaf and Modou Joof. Their sound pays tribute to traditional West African rhythm and grooves, and the love for ambient and synthesizers. On this album, they combine spiritual griot music, traditional instruments from Senegal and The Gambia such as the sabar, xalam and balafon, percussion, electronic drum pads and a range of vintage synthesizers. Inspiration is drawn from West African psychedelic mandingue pioneers Guelewar, Ifang Bondi & Touré Kunda and the synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala.
Most of the album was recorded in The Gambia and Senegal in 2019. In these urgent times of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement it becomes clear that we have to free ourselves from the current system. 'Free The System!' is about the gap between the older and the younger generation. The old system can’t easily deal with young or new ideas. The system needs to be changed, we have to free ourselves from it.
English article by Pan African Music [UK] “An invitation to change our lifestyles thanks to our imagination.”
Extended version in French by Pan African Music [FR] “Une invitation à changer nos modes de vie grâce à notre imagination.”
The Ransom Note [UK] “The release of ‘Free the System’ by international collective Dandana couldn’t be more perfectly timed”
Turkish article by Bant mag. [TR] “A burst of energy accompanied by rhythms and grooves from different cultures.”
Free The System! (original version) – premiered on Pan African Music
Free The System! (remix by Philou Louzolo) – premiered on The Ransom Note
Dandana 2020 teaser – Dandana YouTube-channel
Cosmic Pulse – Dandana on Vimeo