Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts & Dublin City Council

Afrobeat Series: Manden Express & Elikya

Improvised Music Company, ChoiceCuts & Dublin City Council present

Manden Express
& Elikya

Presented as part of Dublin City Council’s Live Local Performance Scheme supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

Venue: The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 1
Date: Monday December 27th, Doors 7:30pm
Tickets: Available soon from https://thesugarclub.com/

Dynamic rhythms enliven the dark winter days this December at the Sugar Club with a three-part live series of Afro-beat Evenings from Improvised Music Company, Choice Cuts, and Dublin City Council.

Closing out 2021 with a bang, Manden Express’s explosive performance fuses traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali, alongside infectious Afrobeat rhythms. The supergroup blends Kamele n’goni harp, Kora, djembe, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.

Also rocking the stage are Limerick’s Elikya (“Hope” in Lingala), with their hybrid blend of Rumba, Soukous and seben - entrancing lead guitar melodies atop a pulsating bed of kick drums and snares - you won’t be able to stay in your seat.

Safety

  • Our audience’s safety is our primary concern and we will be fully compliant with any government guidelines around event safety.
  • If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend this event.

Manden Express

Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band, fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali, alongside infectious Afrobeat rhyhms. Inspired by village, Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960’s it blends Kamele n’goni harp, Kora, djembe, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.

The septet is the only group of it’s type in Ireland, charged with rhythmic energy and weaving together a wealth of experience in African music and other styles like flamenco, jazz, funk and rock, with band members hailing from Sierra Leone, Spain, Peru and Ireland. Manden Express have appeared at Bray Jazz Festival, Down With Jazz Festival, The Big Bang Festival, Love live music 2013, Body and Soul Festival and the Drogheda Samba Festival, Sweeney’s Carnival, Whelanslive Dublin, Culture Night Dublin, Dublin Tropical – Africa V’s Brazil @ The Grand Social amongst others. They have also supported international acts such as The Souljazz Orchestra.

Manden Express were like a cross between Oumou Sangaré and drummer Steve Reid’s Daxaar ensemble. Rhythmic mantras guided the pulsating set closer “Safo Safo,” which ebbed and flowed to allow guitar, kamele ngoni, percussion and drums to really stretch out.

– All about Jazz

Manden are a refreshing and exciting band, bring depth and beauty back into the Irish Music scene.

– The Fusion Tent, Body and Soul Festival
  • Down with Jazz 2015
    , Meeting House Square more info