Yankari Afrobeat Collective was created by a musical trio of friends and brothers that have have played together at gigs and festivals for over fifteen years with several bands. Including Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble, Rhythm Africana, Oleku, Simi Crowns and other numerous projects and collaborations.
Segun Akano, Gabriel Akujobi and Micheal Akano, are die-hard multi-talented fans of Fela and hope to further advance the “original” afrobeat genre by incorporating new experimental sounds whilst also keeping the traditional groove elements of the afrobeat musical genre.
The trio are originally from Nigeria. They draw from their cultural and ancestral rhythms, infused with other world music elements and instruments, to give off a vibrant sound with a distinctive message of freedom, hope and justice. They have created an energetic sound that is groovy, steady and reminiscence of the 60’s and 70’s sounds created by afrobeat greats with a modern twist. Though a trio, their individuality shines through and blends in their songs. Welcome to a new age of Original Afrobeat. Yeah Yeah!!
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 have been trailblazing around Ireland the past couple of years with their incredible live show, selling out The Sugar Club and featuring at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul festivals.
Tickets – Felabration
Venue – The Sugar Club 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland D 2