Amsterdam, North Holland, NLD

African music by Mdungu moves your feet and feeds your soul. The percussion, the melodies and the vocals create a chemical reaction that makes the people start dancing and romancing. The moment Mdungu kicks off the music takes over: the groove is king, and that’s the way it should be.


Mdungu is a nine piece band based in Amsterdam. The musicians from Holland, Luxembourg, Spain and Gambia bring their music with skill, flair and energy that is irresistable 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. The moment Mdungu kicks off and the music takes over there is no future, no past. No borders, no passport. The groove is king, and that’s the way it should be.

AFRO WHAT!? is Mdungu's debut album released in May 2009. The album was very well received in the Benelux and has been released in the rest of Europe in the fall of 2009. The recordings are mixed by producer/guitarist Justin Adams, who is well known from his award winning work with Tinariwen, his own group the Justin Adams / Juldeh Camara Trio and Robert Plants Strange Sensation. The album is released by Zimbraz, a division of Music & Words and was voted best world music album produced in The Netherlands of 2009 by

This summer Mdungu is recording their second album, to be released in the fall of 2011.

Mdungu was founded in 2003 by alto saxophonist Thijs van Milligen. From the start Mdungu is a most welcome guest on international stages and festivals in the world music, pop and jazz scene. After the release of their debut album in 2009 they toured intensively in Holland and abroad. A few of the venues they played are: the dlr Festival of World Cultures, Ireland; Frequenzen Festival, Germany; Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, Antwerp; the Music Meeting, Nijmegen; Amsterdam Roots; Dunya Festival, Rotterdam; Eurosonic/Noorderslag; Paradiso, Amsterdam.

In 2011 they will be playing many international stages as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, HongKong Jazzfestival and tours in the Middle East and Africa.

Mdungu receives financial support from the Music Xport programme for 2010/2011: an initiative of Buma Cultuur and Music Center the Netherlands (MCN) that aims to enhance the profile of Dutch artists abroad, and hence to extend their possibilities.


Mdungu, EP, 2006
Afro What!?, LP, 2009
Yamanaboole (South Africa 2010), single, 2010
New album, expected fall 2011

Set List

Mdungu can play 2 sets of 45 minutes or one set of 90 minutes, or different upon request.
Mdungu plays 80 % original music. All songs listed below are originals except when noted.
Our setlist:
- Afro What!?
- Armee Guineenne (by Bembeya Jazz)
- Walk to Togo
- Mali Express
- Boolow Gambia
- Slow Music
- Confusion
- Afrodisco Beat (by Tony Allen)
- Rio Nights
- Pick Up
- Achu (by Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara
- Scandal