International Feeling

by Mankala

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1.
Sobelenge 07:03
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
2.
Vuyani 06:04
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
3.
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
4.
Ayiseke 06:50
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…
5.
Real Life 07:09
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…
6.
Passing By 02:05
7.
Malinke 07:20
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.
8.
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!)
9.
Mfene 04:11
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
10.
Desert Road 08:50
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”

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released December 14, 2016

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christian De Juan at Unit 2 Mivart Studios, between September 2015 and April 2016, Bristol, UK.

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

Additional mastering by Guillaume Ottaviani

Artwork design by Lee Hodges

Band photo by Duncan Smith

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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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