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. Their sound pays tribute to traditional West African rhythm and grooves, and the love for ambient and synthesizers.
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 & Touré Kunda to the synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala.
Bas Ackermann – Synths / Composer / Founder
Ebou Gaye Mada – Sabar / Vocals
Filly Dioma – Guitar
Jackson Loman – Drums
Joop de Graaf – Bass
Modou Joof – Keys / Composer