The GANDA BOYS first met in 2008 during their collaboration on the BBC-TV drama series MOSES JONES - a music driven story about black African immigrants in London facing intimidation and violence from their own people. It follows the story of musician and singer, Soloman, who has a storming rock, funk, soul and Afrobeat band, as he comes to terms with the harsh realities of former feuds and politics from the home country in Africa spilling over onto the streets of London. The London Metro newspaper wrote that “Moses Jones pulses to the sound of probably the best soundtrack of the year.” The original soundtrack score, which featured live performances and songs by the Ganda Boys, was nominated for both a British Academy Award and Royal Television Society Award for Best Original Soundtrack.
Craig Pruess, an American established in the UK as a feature film composer (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice), chart record producer and arranger (Massive Attack, Cliff Richard, Bond, Def Leppard) and world musician, was nominated as composer for MOSES JONES. Denis Mugagga and Daniel Sewagudde, Ugandan singers formerly well known in Africa with their group, DaTwinz, became involved in advising the BBC for the series and then worked with Craig in writing the four featured and performed songs filmed in the MOSES JONES episodes. A tight and funky band of Ugandan, Ghanaian, Nigerian and Jamaican musicians was put together for the filming days, and an authentic London African club, the Afrigo, was constructed from scratch for the shoot, all within the walls of Hornsey Town Hall, north London. Then, 200 black extras were brought in for the two days filming, and when the new songs started, the place went wild!
This lit the spark for what would become the vibrant, contagious sound of the GANDA BOYS. After MOSES JONES, Craig, Denis and Dan formed the band and have continued writing and recording together, completing their debut album, “The War of Love”, within six months, and their second album "Africa" for 2012 release. They have performed headlining concerts at some of Europe's prestigious concert venues, including the London O2 Arena, the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, London's huge Kensington Olympia, and even the Houses of Parliament, London, in October 2011. After performing for the Queen of Uganda in London in July 2011, she said that the Ganda Boys were helping to put Ugandan music firmly on the international map. Indeed, massive radio play over the national airwaves in Uganda during 2011 and 2012 have confirmed this!
Through their humanitarian and charitable work on the ground in Uganda, The GANDA BOYS are founders and managers of the Ganda Foundation, creating films and documentaries for raising awareness of some of the dire conditions existing in the Third World, encouraging people to donate and participate as part of their European charity concerts. www.gandafoundation.com