Ifang Bondi
(The Gambia)

Djembe
Biography
The band Ifang Bondi (meaning "be yourself" in Mandinka language) was formed some 45 years ago in the Gambia by musicians that were part of the Super Eagles of Gambia. Ever since, Ifang Bondi were on the forefront of popular African music. Being one of the first trying to combine pop music and African roots. They were an example and source of inspiration for Orchestre Baobab, for Youssou N'Dour's (Super) Etoile de Dakar and many other Senegalese stars. Ifang Bondi, however, never really benefitted from their pioneering work, due to bootlegging and copying of their work by other artists.

Ifang Bondi was based in the Netherlands for several years, and a majority of their albums have been recorded in Dutch studios. They later returned to Gambia. Unfortunately, lead singer Paps Touray died in 2003.




Ifang Bondi
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• Ifang Bondi members on Sanjo:
A. Badou Jobe bass, band leader
Pap Ebrima Touray († 19 March 2003) lead vocals
E. Bai Janha lead guitar, vocals
Ousman Biaye rhythm guitar, piano
Momodou 'Niaw' Nying († 27 January 2015) drums, djembe, gorong, tama (perc.); vocals on 'Taalibe'and 'Sunyu Mettit'
Momar Janha gorong, mbongmbong (perc.)
Skip Wulaing keyboards, synthesizers
Thoko Mdlalose vocals on 'Sanjo' and 'Sanneh Mentereng'
Thandi Mdlalose vocals on 'Sanjo' and 'Sanneh Mentereng'


Formed: 1973, by members of the Super Eagles of Gambia
Style: Mbalax and Mandingo music




Discography
Title Year Label Remarks
Live 2002 Music & Words MWCD 3021
Gis Gis 1998 Music & Words MWCD 3019
Daraja 1994 Music & Words MWCD 3009
Sanjo 1989 D & K 860017
Mantra 1983 Interstate Records LPH 2366 LP
Saraba 1982 Bellot/MAG 107 LP, original release Disques Griot GR 7603 (1976)
Albums by the Super Eagles of Gambia:
Senegambian Sensation 2001 RetroAfric RETRO17CD
Viva Super Eagles 1969 Decca WAPS 29 LP

Sources
CD liner notes (Sanjo & Gis Gis)

Page added July 1998