Mankala play Graceland


Mankala play Graceland

Mankala play Graceland

Wednesday 15th August 2018


The Bell
103 Walcot Street



Say what you like about the album (and plenty did at the time) but it’s indubitably a significant work by a significant artist, a milestone even. And playing it is a significant Bristol multicultural band who have yet to get their due.

Formed by a multi-national collective of musicians with a common love for African roots music, Mankala’s sound is greatly influenced by a variety of styles, from the joyous sounds of Soukous, Township and Sungura music to the hypnotic grooves of Afro-Beat and the Desert Blues, forging an ‘original high energy African fusion’ with a distinctive style and a positive message.

Mankala have been performing their unique pan-African-coalition of sounds across the lengths of the UK and beyond since 2003, from the local music venues and streets of their home town of Bristol to the internationally renowned Jazz World Stage at Glastonbury Festival (now The West Holts), via the beautiful fields and stages of Shambala, Green Man, Sunrise, Mannifest, Secret Garden, Larmer Tree, Bestival, Somersault and many many more!