Ebou Gaye Mada (1975) is an impassioned percussionist and singer/songwriter from Banjul, the capital of the Gambia (West-Africa). He comes from the well known Senegambian Griot-families Gaye and Mbye, who are singers and percussionists up to today. As from an early age he started performing with his family and started traveling the world with several and diverse bands one of which was the legendary Gambian band Ifang Bondi. They were the initiators of the Afro-Mandinka beat, using traditional instruments like sabar in West African pop music.
Based in The Netherlands, Ebou Gaye Mada joined Kara Dara, a Caribbean, Funky, Jazzy, Poppy celebration of African music. In 2002 he formed his own band ‘Boka Halat de Banjul’ which means ‘Joined Ideas’. The band represents every encounter that he had in his life as an artist and performs West African pop and Mbalax from Senegambia. Since 2007 Ebou is the percussionist and lead singer of the famous band Mdungu, an Afro-jazz formation from Amsterdam. They recorded two albums. The first one, ‘Afro What?!’ was produced by Justin Adams. Their second album, Gambian Space Programm, was Ebou’s singing debut. It was nominated for the famous Dutch Edison Award (Category World Music).
The traditional Sabar music brought Ebou Gaye Mada to every corner of the world where he met great artists and mastered various music styles. As no other he knows how to gently enrich each piece of music and still honour his roots. In contrast with this discretion Ebou has a great capacity to passionately drag his audience into his contra-rhythm solo’s and rousing rhytms. And if the rhytms didn’t get to you yet, his powerful baritone voice will. His humble style and infectious energy made him popular with both music lovers and music makers. Some bands even call him their ‘secret weapon’.
Ebou shared stage and studio with many famous artists and bands such as Fra Fra Sound (Surinam-Caribbean jazz band), Billy Haynes (former bass-player of Tina Turner), Tony Allen (drummer of Fela Kuti), Benjamin Herman, Anton Goudsmit (former guitar player of the New Cool Collective), Hans Dulfer, The Fula Band (Senegal), Lílian Vieira (Zuco 103), Leonie Jansen, Tyfoon, Mikey General, and The Amsterdam Klezmer Band.
For Mdungu concerts please visit www.mdungu.com
For Kara Dara concerts please visit www.karadara.com