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Permalink Humanga Danga (Ghent, Belgium) - absolutely amazing new Euro surf!

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I got a wonderful surprise tonight - I got to hear one of the best new surf bands in quite a while, as far as I'm concerned. Their name is Humanga Danga, and they're from Ghent, Belgium. Their lead guitarist Stefan Valenberghs and his girlfriend drove from Ghent to see The Space Cossacks in The Hague, Netherlands in June, and I had a very enjoyable (and lengthy!) chat with them after the show, in the middle of a town square with a beer fest going on around us! Stefan just sent me the Bandcamp link to the band's new EP, and all I can say is, I'm blown away! This is just fantastic stuff, everything I love about Euro surf - highly melodic with a lot of exotic touches and melodies, reflecting various world and ethnic influences in their music. Their musicianship is of the highest quality, too, with Stefan's lead guitar playing seriously impressive, possessing skill, expressiveness AND tone! I just love it!

Check it out (for free!) - I really think that every surf music fan will just flip over this!!

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The Madeira Channel on YouTube

I listened to every song. It's really, really good surf like you said. My favorite was track 2! I bought it and have it ready for my morning drive. Thanks, Ivan!

Gellert (my first name)

Guitarist for The Fintastics

Last edited: Sep 25, 2018 22:24:17

So good!!!!!

Robbin Henley (Men in Grey Suits HONOLULU)

Wow that really is good stuff!

Daniel Deathtide


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I am also digging their music. Found this video that they posted on youtube of a rehearsal where they play Stampede.


Yes, they’re excellent aren’t they?

To get back to this EP - man, I LOVE IT! I realized that "Balkan Brawl" reminds me a bit of the Barbwires' "Searider" album, very high energy AND melodic - and just super-thick! And the only cover on the EP, "Kaşik Havasi" has a bit of the Los Twang! Marvels vibe from their own debut EP, especially with that organ - something like "Cannonball" (attached). Man, Humanga Danga is like the SuperEuroSurf band! Wink It just checks off all the boxes for me! So good!

The Madeira Official Website
The Madeira on Facebook
The Blair-Pongracic Band on Facebook
The Space Cossacks on Facebook
The Madeira Channel on YouTube

These recordings sound just like the Beat Tornados, at least on first listening. This was exciting because The Beat Tornados were brilliant, witty and joyful. As the Beat Tornados didn't sound like any other band, I'm surprised that Humanga Danga is not their reincarnation. Doesn't matter, this is fun stuff and I'm going to listen to it until it becomes too familiar to actually hear, just as I did with the Beat Tornados.

The Insanitizers!


@Readfeather: "Kaşik Havasi" (by Siluëtler from Turkey) is written in 9/8 - or at least, that's how I count it (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5... so the '&' after the 5 is dropped). Awkward at first, but after a while it becomes natural:-).

@Ivan: thank you thank you thank you for your love:-)!

Last edited: Jan 16, 2019 14:02:53

Late to the party but this is really great!

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loving this

Awesome band!Earlier this year, I bought the EP from Sean @ Double Crown, and was blown away!


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