20 years of music. What a great step in a band’s life! Almost 1000 shows and 150 000 albums sold, sold out venues, unusual travels, plenty of festivals… DANAKIL musicians have lived so many collective adventures and experiences!
One day, these cheerful high school friends set themselves the unlikely challenge to start a reggae band from scratch. They each picked an instrument and booked rehearsal slots at the local youth club. Little by little, DANAKIL have managed to craft their music with the skills and inspirations of each member of the band, playing in the pure tradition of the Jamaican roots of reggae and singing in Moliere’s mother tongue. 20 years later, the band has played on the biggest festivals’ stages in Europe!
Despite the success, they’ve kept cool and share a unique and natural bond with their fans and audience each time they play live, just as they did when they started their career. This special vibe has undoubtedly contributed to their success and raised them at the top of the French reggae scene, distinguishing themselves with their unique sound and imprinting French reggae with the seal of independence and militantism.
As a matter of fact, DANAKIL’s group members have consistently been trying to preserve their freedom of action, firstly by self-producing their albums and then by endowing their own music label, BACO RECORDS, which they created in 2011. The label has been welcoming and supporting many musical talents since it’s creation, by helping artists in all aspects of their career, from recording to album production, distribution, promotion, digital and tour managing...In short, there would be no such thing as celebrating Baco’s 20th birthday by reuniting DANAKIL on stage!
They are hoping to start a festival tour as of May 2021 if the sanitary conditions allow it. They will then start a club tour as of autumn. These gigs were first planned for spring but had to be rescheduled due to the current measures not allowing concerts to be held in a sustainable way. To celebrate their anniversary in great style, and thanks to you, DANAKIL will be on stage at the Olympia twice this year! The rescheduling of the tours also implies a delay in the releasing of the next album which is now due for September 2021. You can already watch the first available videoclips, and DANAKIL will continue to make you discover plenty of new tracks until September.
To hold on together, the band decided to take advantage of the two recordings of live streaming shows realised during the 2020 COVID period to release a unplanned live album, «LIVE A LA MAISON» (out on May the 21st 2020)!
You can also dive into the book that retraces DANAKIL’s long path to being what they are now: “DANAKIL ENSEMBLE: 2001/2021”, released on November 16th 2020.