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
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.