FREE THE SYSTEM

Our new album ‘Free the System’ has been released on Rebel Up! Records in
cooperation with Wormfood Records. The album contains six tracks and it’s
about broadening musical tastes, travelling, friendship and letting go.

On Juneteenth we already welcomed the single ‘Free the System!’. The title
track is about the gap between the older generation and the younger
generation. The old system can’t easily deal with young or new ideas. The
current pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement clearly show us that
the system needs to be changed, we have to free ourselves from it.



“Une invitation à changer nos modes de vie grâce à notre imagination.”
– Pan African Music

Ndanka Ndanka — which means ‘easy easy’ in Wolof — refers to the Gambian
mentality of taking the time day by day. The ambient DX7 marimba intro by
Modou Joof embodies the Gambian countryside peace and humbless. When
the talking drum calls, it slowly evolves into a melancholic sound that takes the
inner soul for a universal journey.

The character we are following is Simon, an albino Rastaman from Nigeria. He
expresses love, unity and humbleness in its deepest meaning: “Respect to di
youth dem. Respect to di man dem. Who are hussling on dem streets. Always
remember that, positive thinking will always bring a positive thought.”


“L’heure est à la contemplation avec Dandana” – Pan African Music

Most of the album was recorded in The Gambia and Senegal, The Smiling
Coast of West Africa. During the travels, the jams, the conversations and
encounters, it became clear how uncertain the future is, people having to
survive on a daily basis with minimal means.

It’s a certain hopelessness that is normally far from our Western minds: “Life
in Africa is easy and peaceful somehow. Beautiful sunlight, beautiful nature,
the natural resources and also the beach too is beautiful in Africa. No matter
how the wind disturbs the palm tree. It can never stop it from dancing.”



Aftermovie After Summer Tour 2018

 

 

 

THIRD WORLD NIGHTCLUB

VINYl2

 

 

 

WHEN THE MUSIC CHANGES
SO DOES THE DANCE

DANDANA is a collective of 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. Together they chose to
let go of the past and take a new musical path.

They do this by combining traditional instruments from Senegal and The
Gambia such as sabar, xalam and balafon with live drums, electronic drum
pads and a range of vintage synthesizers. Inspired by West African psychedelic
mandingue pioneers Guelewar, Ifang Bondi and Touré Kunda to the
synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala. 

Bookings and inquiries
Gideon Rozendaal
+31643907343

Our new album ‘Free the System’ has been released on Rebel Up! Records in cooperation with Wormfood Records. It contains six tracks and it’s about broadening musical tastes, travelling, friendship and letting go.

On Juneteenth we already welcomed the single ‘Free the System!’. The title track is about the gap between the older generation and the younger generation. The old system can’t easily deal with young or new ideas. The current pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement clearly show us that the system needs to be changed, we have to free ourselves from it.


“Une invitation à changer nos modes de vie grâce à notre imagination.”
– Pan African Music

Ndanka Ndanka — which means ‘easy easy’ in Wolof — refers to the Gambian mentality of taking the time day by day. The ambient DX7 marimba intro by Modou Joof embodies the Gambian countryside peace and humbless. When the talking drum calls, it slowly evolves into a melancholic sound that takes the inner soul for a universal journey.

The character we are following is Simon, an albino Rastaman from Nigeria. He expresses love, unity and humbleness in its deepest meaning: “Respect to di youth dem. Respect to di man dem. Who are hussling on dem streets. Always remember that, positive thinking will always bring a positive thought.”


“L’heure est à la contemplation avec Dandana” – Pan African Music

Most of the album was recorded in The Gambia and Senegal, The Smiling Coast of West Africa. During the travels, the jams, the conversations and encounters, it became clear how uncertain the future is, people having to survive on a daily basis with minimal means.

It’s a certain hopelessness that is normally far from our Western minds: “Life in Africa is easy and peaceful somehow. Beautiful sunlight, beautiful nature, the natural resources and also the beach too is beautiful in Africa. No matter how the wind disturbs the palm tree. It can never stop it from dancing.”


Aftermovie After Summer Tour 2018

FREE THE SYSTEM

freethesystem

THIRD WORLD NIGHTCLUB

VINYl2

WHEN THE MUSIC CHANGES

SO DOES THE DANCE

DANDANA is a collective of 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. Together they chose to let go of the past and take a new musical path.

They do this by combining traditional instruments from Senegal and The Gambia such as sabar, xalam and balafon with live drums, electronic drum pads and a range of vintage synthesizers. Inspired by West African psychedelic mandingue pioneers Guelewar, Ifang Bondi and Touré Kunda to the synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala. 

Bookings and inquiries
Gideon Rozendaal
+31643907343