Reggae and independent music activists since 2001, DANAKIL have been travelling the roads of all over the world for over 15 years, delivering hundreds of hot lives which are big part of the band’s success.
Their last album « La Rue Raisonne » (Baco Records / Baco Distribution, October 2015) proves that the band didn’t lost none of its strength and desire. This fifth opus brings back the band to the front of the militant francophone and engaged scene. The first single « 32 Mars » was also a song composed on the sidelines of the concerts organized by the band and their entourage in support of the Night Stand movement.
Musically, the group never ceased to evolve, trusting the beatmakers « house » to muscle its productions. The result is a new generation of roots reggae, well anchored in the tune of time, with mixed music, sincere humanism and the desire to say things as they come, to make a different voice heard.
A particular attention was also paid to the album’s mix in a 100% analog studio, allowing the musicians to deliver a full-bodied, heavy bass album with a real depth of sound.
As for collaborations, DANAKIL again chosen to indulge themselves by inviting the cream of the world reggae scene. The German singer PATRICE is thus present on the track list by sharing with BALIK (singer of Danakil) the « Paris la Nuit » track, a night life tribute to the Parisian capital. Danakil invites a sacred team of singers on the « World of Reggae Music » a declaration of love to the musical style that relies all participants : Anthony B, Flavia Coelho, Nattali Rize, Josh from The Skints, Brahim, Volodia, Yaniss Odua, Natty Jean and U-Roy !
Produced, distributed and published by their BACO RECORDS label, founded by the members of the band in 2011, which is also a significant development: this new project is an example of French self-production!
After filling almost all the venues visited during the first phase of the tour in the autumn 2016 (which ended with a full double Parisian TRIANON on both evenings), DANAKIL confirms his headlined status on summer festivals, playing on the most important stages like Reggae Sun Ska Festival or No Logo in France. The band also made an impression in big events like the Festival du Bout du Monde, Montjoux Festival, Festival du Chien à Plumes, Fête de l’Huma in Paris or Live in Tignes…
And on the international stages, they have played at Abi Reggae Festival which is the biggest festival of Africa, or Summerjam in Germany where the show had been recorded and played on the national TV WDR and where the band played for the 5th time in 8 years! They also went in Canada in autumn 2017 to present this new album with many shows in Québec.
In parallel of the tour the band is still producing and creating. Last project is a third dub album named « DANAKIL MEETS ONDUBGROUND » released in November 2017. A very nice mix job operated by the ONDUBGROUND collective which remixes « La Rue Raisonne » and gives to this important album a new dimension, mixing trap music, dub and dubstep, very appreciated by Télérama magazine which awarded its famous four keys to the album. It shows once again Danakil talent and creativity, still eager for new experiences to share.
People wants to see them, and opportunities are here so DANAKIL is following the tour in 2018 !