Speak Your Mind

by Mankala

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released July 15, 2007

A Mankala Band & Global Wave Of Sound production

Recorded & mixed by Christian de Juan, January 2006 - April 2007, Bristol, UK

Mastered at Optimum Mastering Studios, Bristol, UK

Artwork design by Phil Rees
Mankala logo-type design by Rosie Triana

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Omer Makessa: Lead & backing vocals, congas, djembe, percussions
Christian de Juan: Guitar, backing vocals, percussions
Simwinji Zeko: Guitars, backing vocals
Solomon Ahmed: Bass
Jason Newman: Drum Hit

Features guest musicians:
Gary Alesbrook: Trumpet
Pete Bernard: Fender Rhodes
Ruth Hammond: Hammond & tenor sax
Savio Pacini: Trombone
Nick Bailey: Baritone sax
Rachel Llewellyn-Jones: Alto sax
Murray Benjamin: Trumpet
Simon Strange: Trombine

Thank you notes:
Mankala would like to give special thanks, much as gracias, un grand mercy: To Mother Nature and all our ancestors, to the De Juan family in Tenerife, to the Makessa family in Martinique, to the Zeko family in Zambia, to the Ahmed family in Bristol and to the Newman family in Cornwall. To Ruth Hammond, Pete Bernard, Gary Alesbrook, Savio Pacini, Nick Bailey, Rachel Llewellyn-Jones, Murray Benjamin & Simon Strange who altruistically and passionately collaborated with us adding their wonderful sounds to our music; Very special thanks to Mark Leaver for your friendship and support…and for saving us!…and of course to everyone at the data recovery service at Roland UK; to all the past band members…Alphonse Daudet, Raul Marti, Andy Roger, Greame Evelyn, Max Ottolang & Paolo…for being there right from the start…helping us make something out of nothing!; to George Smerin for all your hard work in “the Bristol scene” and for offering us some wonderful gigs; to all the guys in Smerins Antisocial Club; to John Hardeman for all your support and encouraging visits at the studio…and for the shekere!; to Katherine Sowerby also for all your support and interest in our music…”y como no”, to all the guys from Grupo Ilu Axe for your authentic brazilian grooves; to all the guys that form the one and only Cut Collective…probably the best band and bunch of guys in town!; to Realife for those soulful reggae chops and meaningful words; to Sheelanagig for being the best of the best and for leading the way; to Joaquin & Jean de Juan and “La Finca”…for always being there, for your constant and very valuable support & for the two trips to Tenerife…you made everything possible!; to Damian for taking us to Vaimoana in Tenerife and all the kind people we met there…specially Roberto for helping us out and performing with us!; to every single person who has come to our gigs and to one single person who has come to every gig…well…nearly every gig…Pete!; to François for your friendship, support and future plans of a French tour!; to Laura and everyone at the Colston Hall and the Bristol Town-Twining Office for taking us to Bordeaux;… if we forgot anyone, please forgive us!


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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: Keep The Spirit High
Life is so beautiful
We seem to forget about it
Keeping ourselves in misery
Believing what others think of you
I pray to the lord every day
Keeping me happy with what I’ve got
Cos’ I know somewhere in this world
Somebody would like to feel like me
I always give some love away
Through out this big universe
We all can do the same
To keep our spirit high

Keep our spirits higher...
When we come together...
Track Name: Mankala Beat / Baila
Oye colegiala
Dame un poquito de tu sabor
Un fisquito na’mas
Para nuestro ritmo de mankala…oye mi cumbia!

(hey colegiala, give me a bit of your flavour, just a little bit, for our Mankala rhythm…listen to my cumbia!)

Baila el ritmo de mankala (dance to the rhythm of mankala)
Goza la musica sabrosa (enjoy our tasty music)
No llores
Alegren los corazones

(Sing, don’t cry, cheer up your hearts)

Mankala la gente esta bailando (mankala the people are dancing)
Mankala la gente esta gozando (mankala the people are enjoying)
Mankala la gente esta brincando (mankala the people are jumping)
Mankala la gente esta saltando (mankala the people are jumping)
Track Name: Standing Here
Standing here watching all the people out there
It seams to me they look for something
It seams to me we look for the same thing
Peace of mind
Stop getting lost and confused
Take time to seek within ourselves
We’ve got a long journey ahead
So we should enjoy it

Cos’ every day we’re gonna feel in love in love
We want peace on this planet, yes

No matter what you do no matter what you believe
You may stay in tune with yourself
Planet earth it is our home
Its time to give her back some love and care...
Track Name: With The Sun
When the mood is right and the moon is at his height
All through the night we’re going to party
We’re going to let go of all our doubts
That’s what its all about
Move and sing along we’re going to party
We’re going to trust and let go
Fitting ourselves in the groove
Mankala style will keep you going...

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