Meet Duende Libre

“Fefo (Hamana)”

“Fefo” is a traditional rhythm from Hamana in the Republic of Guinea, arranged by Duende Libre and featuring Frank Anderson (vocals and sangban) and Chava Mirel (vocals). Featured on The Dance She Spoke (2020).

“Mendiani (Hamana)”

“Mendiani” is based on a traditional Maninka girls dance from the Hamana region of Guinea, West Africa. The dance is often performed at weddings. Arranged and performed by Duende Libre featuring Thione Diop (tama and djembe). Featured on The Dance She Spoke (2020).

“Bosphorus” (Live on KNKX)

Duende performs “Bosphorus” from our 2018 release Drift live in the KNKX studios in Seattle, WA.

LISTEN TO The Dance She Spoke


“Hopeful in sound as well as in ideological foundation, The Dance She Spoke is an album full of heart and historical multitudes.”

— Adriane Pontecorvo (Pop Matters)

“…this is a recording that beckons the listener to lend an attentive ear.”

— Jonathan Overby (Wisconsin Public Radio)

“On this affair Duende Libre more than lives up to the title. This is a dance to be spoken, sung, shouted and anything else as long as it comes straight from the heart and the feet..”

— Geno Thackara (All About Jazz)

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Duende Libre

Keyboard player Alex Chadsey was fluent in jazz and classical forms. He’d walked the usual, rigorous path of a conservatory-style music education. Then he wound up in Seattle, University of Michigan music degree in hand, not sure of what to do. The answer: Play in salsa bands, perfect his montuno, and learn how music creates community.

Chadsey’s creative output changed dramatically, coming together in 2016 as a trio project Duende Libre. Their self-titled debut album (released May 5, 2017) distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The results are savvy and grooving, reflecting the Seattle scenes Chadsey inhabits and loves, where Uzbek bassists and Jamaican poets and border-crossing fandangos power musical visions.

An inspired power trio, Duende Libre features longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). They are frequently joined by Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer and Chava Mirel, electrifying singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Duende Libre utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of traditional and classical music from the Americas, Europe & Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove. Their third album The Dance She Spoke is available now!

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