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The Mabon Dawud Republic

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Abolo 04:39
Ballada 05:23


Following their first 7” in 2018 Budabeats Records is proud the release the debut LP of pioneering Hungarian afrobeat supergroup, the Mabon Dawud Republic. The band started out as the Fela Kuti tribute band for the very first Felabration event in Budapest. In the past two years they created an impressive repertoire of own tunes, the rawness you can hear on their early recordings transformed into a more mature and sophisticated sound, still deeply rooted in the traditions of West-African music. They even toured in Ghana where they had the chance to record with highlife legend Pat Thomas, as you can hear on ‘Gyae Abrabo’. On ‘Na Lie’ they are joined by Fela’s original Egypt 80 band member, keyboard player and singer Dele Sosimi. Other guest performances include Ghanaian vocalist and kologo player Stevo Atambire (on ‘Mawadidoh’ and ‘Talk to Me’) and vocalist Abate Berihun (on ‘Nanu Nanu Neye’).

Ernő Hock - bass, percussion
Szabolcs Bognár - keyboards, percussion
Dávid Szarvas - percussion
Sebestyén Harangozó - guitar
Dávid Somló - guitar
András Halmos - drums (A4, B1)
Tamás Czirják - drums (A1, A2, A3)
Levente Boros - drums (B2)
Hunor G. Szabó - drums (B3)
Ádám Meggyes - trumpet
Fanni Zahár - flute, alt sax, vocals
Gábor Weisz - sopran & tenor sax
Gergő Kováts - baritone sax
Péter Bede - tenor sax (B3)
Márton Élő - trombone (A1, B1)
Sena Daganu, Anrea Bartók, Zsanna Angyal - vocals (B1)
Mátyás Premecz - keyboards (B3)
Barna Szőke - guitar (B3)


released March 2, 2020

Mixed by Tamás Czirják
Executive producers: Ernő Hock, Szabolcs Bognár, András Halmos

Mastered by Anders Peterson (GS Mastering & Post)
Creative design by Veronika Végh
Cover photo: Milán Radisics

A&R: Dj Gandharva & Von Yodi
Cat. number: BUBE-040

"SUPERB" (Laurent Garnier)

"This is very good!" (Toshio Matsuura, UFO)

"...a Mabon Dawud Republic nemcsak a leckét tanulta meg jól, amit jeleznek a vendégzenészek is (köztük Pat Thomas a leglegendásabb), hanem saját hangot alakított ki az afrobeat határain belül. Úgy kifinomult, hogy az nem megy a lüktetés rovására; enyhén elemelt-pszichedelikus, olykor jazzes, néha elektronikus beütésű (leginkább a Talk To Me). A záró, hipnotikus Nanu Nanu Neyéről meg simán elhinném, hogy autentikusan afrikai." (Recorder)


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