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Free The System EP single


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Free The System' is the new single EP by the band Dandana, to be released on Friday 19 June on Rebel Up Records. Including an ancestral afrofuturist remix by Afro-Dutch producer Philou Louzolo.

'Free The System!' is about the gap between the older generation and the younger generation. The old system can’t easily deal with young or new idea’s. The current global pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement clearly show us that the system needs to be changed, we have to free ourselves from it.

The videoclip of 'Free The System' is premiered on Pan African Music YouTube channel, on thursday 18 June, 20H / 8PM CET, check here:

DANDANA is a collective band 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. Their sound pays tribute to traditional West African rhythm & grooves, with 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. “Free the System” will take you on a journey through a new universe.

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released June 19, 2020

Produced by Bas Ackermann & Tijmen van Wageningen
Mastered by Jerboa

with the support by Pan African Music and The Ransom Note


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Inspired by skateboarding & rhythm,

Blending their synthesizer-sound with the influence of raw funk, gritty soul, psych, fuzzy African mandingue and groovy rhythms.

In 2015 Dandana released their debut LP 'Third World Nightclub', which embodies the creative sum of their diversity in musical interest.

In 2020 they release their single and album 'Free The System' on Rebel Up Records.
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