THE BEST MUSIC IS ALWAYS STILL TO COME…
Some of our older songs have never stopped evolving, like a good wine they just get better with age… ‘Abururu’, live at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2019!
For the past 5 years or so, we’ve almost always included one of the Graceland songs in our sets… we absolutely love playing these songs and they always go down a storm with our audiences! So here it is… ‘Mankala Plays The Graceland Album’, paying tribute to this epic and defining master-piece album recorded in 1985 by Paul Simon in Johannesburg with the amazing musical collaborations and contributions from some very talented South African artists such as Ray Phiri, Joshep Shabalala & Lady Smith Black Mambazo, Bakithi Kumalo , Vusi Kumalo, General MD Shirinda & The Gaza Sisters, The Boyoyo Boys… and many more. Released in 1986, Graceland introduced the sublime sounds of South African Township & Mbaqanga music to a wider audience around the world, inspiring and influencing a whole new generation of musicians, including ourselves in Mankala!
‘Under African Skies’, live at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2019.
Check all the other videos on the Graceland Tribute page
OUR LATEST ALBUM ‘INTERNATIONAL FEELING’
Bringing the sunshine with triumphant global sounds… A repertoire of new original tunes encompassing a wide span of pan-African influenced sounds featuring musical collaborations and international guest appearances from South Africa, Jamaica and France… BLA BLA BLA… or shall we just say… ten new Mankala style ‘happy triumphant’ songs capturing the band at it’s very best!!