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.