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Speak Your Mind

by Mankala

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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...
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) Canta 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)
Meci Bondie 05:46
Kalimba Jam 02:56
Zouk 06:30
Balata 03:19
Likuta Bibi 01:23
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...
With The Sun 06:11
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...
Kumasi Blues 01:25


released July 15, 2007

Recorded & mixed by Christian de Juan at Unit 2 Mivart Studios between January 2006 and April 2007, Bristol, UK

Mastered at Optimum Mastering Studios, Bristol, UK

Artwork design by Phil Rees

Mankala logo-type design by Rosie Triana

Produced by Mankala


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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