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Dandana collective unveils “Free The System” music video

Exclusive: Watch the music video of the eponymous song of the band’s new EP; an invitation to change our lifestyles thanks to our imagination.

Dandana is a collective of musicians from the Netherlands, Senegal and The Gambia. By combining traditional instruments such as sabar, xalam and balafon with live drums, electronic drum pads and a range of vintage synthesizers, their sound pays tribute to traditional West African rhythm & grooves and the love for ambient & synthesizers.

Shot in Gambia and directed by Bas Ackerman, to whom we owe the excellent documentary Welcome to the Smiling Coast: Living in the Gambian Ghetto (2016), the video for “Free The System” invokes our capacity for wonder where childlike imagination brings creativity and happiness is celebrated. It’s 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.

Free The System! EP is set land on June 19th. It’s a prelude of an album which is expected to be released mid September on international label Rebel Up Records.