For the last ten years or so, the collective Fanga has been on the up and up, blending afrobeat, jazz and funk and playing a music which is eminently spiritual. Fanga means "strength of persuasion" in Dioula. The name of the band is emblematic of its commitment.
Alliance of symbiotic personalities influenced by the music of Fela, Cs Crew or Ck Mann, Fanga initially took form in 1998. The discovery of the urban African music of the 70s forms the basis of a shared passion.
In 2000 the album "Black Voices" of Tony Allen definitively seals Fanga's birth and its afrobeat foundations. Fanga brings out its first six tracks in 2001 with a minimal rhythm section. Then the band records its first album "Afrokalyptik" in 2003.
The next album "Natural Juice", out in 2007 and highly praised by Gilles Peterson as well as the NYC magazine 'Wax Poetics', establishes the band's stylistic frame and enhances its visibility.
In Spring 2009 they record a third album "Sira Ba" ("the long road") much acclaimed by such magazines as World Sound and Vibration. The craze from radio went as far as a FIP selection and a Radio Nova playlist.
Having played with Antibalas, Seun Kuti and Kokolo, Fanga has nurtured solid relationships within the international afrobeat community. In the studios, the band shared intense moments with Tony Allen and the sadly demised Segun Demisa - both pillars of Fela Kuti's Africa 70 - as well as the iconoclastic rapper Mike Ladd, the Jamaican Winston McAnuff who infuses a reggae accent in "I Go On Without You", or even the Togo All Stars Orchestra which sparkles brilliantly on "Dounya".
After a break of a few months, the band comes back on stage with a new drum & bass duo and a new brass section (tenor sax and trumpet) sustained by the former trumpeter of Egypt 80 (Muyiwa Kunnuji). The band also resumes the creative work with the release of one EP "Soldiers" at the beginning of 2015.