Mdungu | Africa/The Netherlands

Out of Africa

David Beukers | Tenor saxophone, Vocals

Job Chajes | Baritone saxophone

Frank Gones| Guitar

Michiel Bel | Guitar

Merjin van de Wijdeven | Bass, Ska Specialist

Ebou Gaya Mada| Sabar | Vocals

Benoit Martiny | Drums

Ruben Montes | Percussions

Thijs van Milligen | Alto Saxophone



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Mdungu is a nine-piece band based in Amsterdam. The musicians come from Holland, Luxembourg, Spain and Gambia, perform their music with skill, flair and energy that is irresistible to any audience. African music by Mdungu is a strong musical experience: it funks, it grooves, it moves your feet and feeds your soul. The percussion is dazzling, the melodies enchanting and the vocals, captivating, creating a chemical reaction that makes people start dancing and romancing.


Mdungu was founded in 2003 by alto saxophonist Thijs van Milligen. From the start Mdungu was a most welcome guest on international stages and festivals of world music, pop and jazz scenes. After the release of their debut album in 2009, they toured intensively in Holland and abroad.


"One of the year’s undisputed highlights so far. A joy from beginning to end. Diverse, funky, challenging and fresh."  --Fly Global Music Culture, UK


"Such craftmanship. Simply brilliant!"  -- RifRaf Magazine





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