International Feeling

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07:03
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06:04
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06:50
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07:09
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02:05
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07:20
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04:11
10.
08:50

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released December 14, 2016

Recorded & mixed by Christian De Juan @ Global Sound Wave Studios
September 2015 - April 2016, Bristol, UK.

Drums and congas on tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10 recorded by Stef Hambrook @ Toy Box Studios, Bristol, UK, April 2015.

Mastered by Christian De Juan & Guillaume Ottaviani

Artwork design by Lee Hodges

Band photo by Duncan Smith

© ℗ Copyright Mankala Band 2016. All rights reserved

Produced by Mankala

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Studio Personnel: Christian De Juan: lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals, udu, percussions, drum kit & bass on track 2, congas on track 8, klangauge on track 6 / Simwinji Zeko: lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on track 1, mbira on track 6 / Mark Leaver: English lyrics, lead & backing vocals / Guillaume Ottaviani: electric bass, double bass on track 6, lead guitar on track 5 / Paolo Adamo: drum kit / Bido Irie: djembe / Lisa Cherian: congas / Sam Ross: keyboards, drum synth on track 5 / Sisanda Myataza: Xhosa lyrics, lead & backing vocals / Julien Alenda: alto sax on tracks 4 & 7 / Jon Hardeman: tamborims & shekere on track 4 / Da Fuchaman: vocals on track 5

In deep gratitude for all the blessings of the great spirit and to our mother earth, let us all live in peace as one big tribe… Mankala would like to give thanks to: All our families and loved ones for your unconditional support and understanding. To William Mbuende for your relentless optimism and positivity… your music will stay alive forever! To Sam Ross for your fun times with Mankala and the Space Echo, all the best in your new musical ventures! To Julien Alenda, Jon Hardeman & Da Fuchaman for adding your sweet groovy sounds! A massive special thanks to our South African sista Sisanda Myataza for joining the cause bringing so much positive energy and adding your soulful vocals to this album! To all the past band members for contributing to Mankala’s path. To the lovely Jo and her wellie dance! To Duncan for the great band photo. To Lee Hodges for the amazing artwork design… and last but absolutely not least, thanks to everyone who has danced with us over the years...you provide the sunshine for our music and long may it continue!

This album is dedicated to the memory of Willie Mbuende.

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Mankala Bristol, UK

Formed by a multi-national collective with a common love for African music, Mankala’s sound is greatly influenced by a variety of styles, from the joyous sounds of Soukous and Township to the hypnotic grooves of Afro-Beat and the Desert Blues, forging ‘original high energy African fusion Music’ with a distinctive style and a positive message. ... more

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Track Name: Sobelenge
Eh Sobelenge Mayo, eh Sobelenge Mayo
Eh Sobelenge Mayo, eh Sobelenge Mayo
Sobelenge… Na ba wina Mayo
Sobelenge Iwe… Na ba wina Mayo
Kabili kabili… Na ba wina Mayo oh

Today, there's a tale to be told
And the greatest ever stories are the fortunes of the bold
Today, its protection of the weak
And the heroes of the story are the servants of the meek
And we know, and we know, that the fight is never done
Just unravel your ego and the knot will come undone
And we know, and we know, that the liars are on the run
The answer's in the present and the energy of the sun

So today, all the people out there
There's a medal round your neck for every time you've had to care
Today, if you’re dancing in the sun
There's a trophy in your heart for all the courage of the young
And we know, and we know, that the fight is never done
‘Cause life is never easy o' no matter where you're from
And we know, and we know, that the liars are on the run
They try to separate us but we know we're strong as one
Track Name: Vuyani
Ndabola Ndasika
Ndabola Ndasika
Xasidibana kukhuvano novuyo
Akhukhonxabano sonke sivuyile

Hamba nath’uzokonwaba
Hamba nath’uzokonwaba.
Imankala izokubonisa uvuyo
Bambanani nonke kwelilizwe
Ndithi thandanani nonke kwelilizwe

Xasidibana kukhuvano novuyo
Akhukhonxabano sonke sivuyile

Ilizwe liyakhala ngoku
Lifunukuboni’ntlonipho ngoku

Imankala izokubonisa
Imankala izakuvuyisa
Imankala izakubonisa
Uvuyo uvuyo

(English Translation from original lyrics in Xhosa)

I’m on my way, I have arrived
When we’re together there is understanding and happiness
There are no disputes, we are all happy
Go with us and you’ll be content
Mankala will show you happiness
Join hands all you people on earth
Love each other, all of you on Earth
The earth is crying out.
We need to show it respect now
Track Name: International Feeling
Dunia umoja, dunia umoja, mirupa yalila
(one world, the drums are calling)

There’s a remedy for the people with no smile on their face
You don’t need to worry no more
And there’s a melody for the people any colour, any faith
Leave all your worries at the door
‘Cause it’s an international World, an international feeling
An international mindset that keeps you all believing
An international World, international feeling and you don’t need to worry no more

Dunia umoja, dunia umoja, mirupa yalila

There’s a remedy for the people with no smile on their face
You don’t need to worry no more
And there’s a melody for the people any colour, any race
Leave all your baggage at the door
‘Cause it’s an international World, an international feeling
An international mindset that keeps you all believing
An international World, international feeling and you don’t need to worry no more
Track Name: Ayiseke
Ayiseke lufwila makanda…

Who are the people that you may not ever heard of
And who are the people breaking out?
Who are the people that you really think deserve to be
Rulers of people in the South?
Who gives you rhythm that you may not never ever heard of
And who of the people wanna shout?
We prove it’s a given that you need to be observant
But who will take the path to higher ground?

They never stop and say… ”Hey the people are laughing!”
Just give us one more day… where the people are dancing

Who are the people that you’re totally in awe of
And who sees your being from without?
Who are the children that you choose to be deserving
Of school and the will to never doubt?
Who is this lady that you may not ever heard of
And who is this Siren from afar…?
She too gives you rhythm that you may not ever heard of
And truth takes you anyway you are.

They never stop and say… ”Hey the people are laughing!”
Just give us one more day… where the people are dancing

And you’ll find you way home…
Keep on rolling alone…
Track Name: Real Life
Internet surfer, I'd rather have water
Phones and pagers, gimmie some nature
Asthma inhaler, a damn road rager
Tax evader, nicotine craver.

Don't wanna be a dealer, I'll never be a squealer
Undercover achiever, musical believer
Don't care if you're a winner, you think you're a loser...
...roulette spinner, chemical abuser.

This is the Real Life.

Because we are not crusaders we are just storytellers,
Come read it in the papers, we're listeners not yellers.
Remember and try to express....the Real Life.

Call back later, one o'clock waker
Overdraft breaker, sick-note faker
A pinstripe banker, mercedes driver
Real top ranker, job provider
A subway sleeper, voluntary worker
Real life-saver...never in the paper
Tabloid writer, no better than a spider
Greed inviter, rat race rider.

(Da Fuchaman)
Let me tell you ‘bout the life I know
Things maybe tuff but we’re taking it slow
Let me tell you ‘bout the life I know
Nuff tribulation in the way I grow
Got to rise, we got to rise everyday
Down on your knees and give Jah most high praise
People you better change your ways
Ask the most high offer them calm days

Every day it’s a struggle and that type of trouble man its always double
The wicked na fi want me to smile a me’s a rebel,
Whacha know ghetto people just be humble
Now we’ve got to make it in a real life with kids and wife.

Just keep fightin’ with all of your might… in a real life, we’re gonna make it

Keep on fighting and keep surviving
Calm down we got to keep on rising
The world we’re living in you know we’ve got to survive in
Keep on fighting and keep surviving…

Monday to Monday me got to survive
Work hard every day got to stay alive
Just keep climbing, just keep rising
Don’t ever give up man now don’t you give in!

Real life I gotta make it in a real life…
Track Name: Malinke
Hey son you’re fighting the world but don’t get caught in a hole no
Your mind’s so young don’t let just anybody walk their feet through
Hey son you’re fighting the world but don’t get branded a fool no…
Your mind’s so young don’t let just anybody walk their feet through.

Hey son your body’s strong but don’t get used as a tool no
You’ll find the media and religion try to weild you
Hey son you’re fighting the world but don’t get branded a fool no…
Your mind’s so young don’t let just anybody walk their feet through.

Hey son stop fighting the world and let the music heal you
That river of thoughts inside your head it ‘aint the real you
Hey son stop fighting the world and nature will defend you
Anything is possible that you can lend your hand to
Hey son stop fighting the world and mindfulness will arm you
You’ll rise above those well-dressed corporates trying to charm you…
Hey son you’re fighting the world but don’t get caught in a hole no
Your mind’s so young don’t let just anybody walk their feet through.

Gimmie peace of mind… (don’t let) Just anybody walk their feet through.

Our mind’s are young don’t let just anybody walk their feet through.
Track Name: Take On The World
Rather be different than the same
She’ll take solution over fame now
She’ll take forgiveness over blame
Travelling down now
She’ll take the sunshine over rain, let it fall upon her
Something to take away the pain now, never one for drama
A world away again
All happening now now now…

Rather be moving than delay
She’ll want adventure not escape now
She took an overnight train
Travelling south-bound
She’ll take the wisdom over aim, let it fall upon her
Something to learn and never claim now, never one for drama
No need to play that game
All happening now now now…

And there, she took on the world now…
Ubuhle bentombi bubonwa ngezendzo
(The beauty of a woman is seen through her actions)
Her hair can be let down
Ubuhle bentombi bubonwa ngezendz
To be fair, she’ll take on the world now…
Ubuhle bentombi bubonwa ngezendzo
Her cares, behind her now.

Hamba ntombazana, hamba ntombazana,hamba ntombazana,hamba ntombazana
(Go girl…move girl! Go girl…move girl!)
Track Name: Mfene
Masibaqhwabeleni kaloku (iMankala…) !

Nantsi’mfene emqolombeni itheth’ismanga isith’ifunutshata
Tyin’lemfene emqolombeni ithethi’smanga isith’ifunutshata

Ndithi vingqi vongqo, vingqi vonqgo
vingqi vongqo , vingqi vongqo,vingqi,vongqo
vinqgi,vonqgo,vingqi,vongqo,vingqi,vongqo…

Iwelele ma Iwelele ma Iwelele welele welele ma
Iwelele ma Iwelele ma Iwelele welele welele ma

“Mfene is a beautiful song that I grew up singing in the playgrounds of Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa.” Sisanda Myataza
Track Name: Desert Road
Only ten years young when they tore him away from his home
Put a gun in his hand and taught him that brother was foe.
Never know, a childhood stolen
How wicked and cold, to put war in his soul

As he was sleeping the Desert would call to his dreams
And sing to him stories of hope and of paths unseen.
For how many years would morning bring fears?
And his mother cried tears that would fill all the valley below

The day that the Desert called him he woke with a start
And the General cried out in pain with a knife in the dark
“The Desert’s alive!” the soldiers cried
And the young boy knew this day was true

The flowers lay paths of bloom at the young man’s feet
And he ran across dunes of colour through walls of deceit
“Take me home, take me home”
“My Desert, my road, just take me home”