It’s been a great voyage for Manden Express so far since their first concert in Body & Soul festival in 2013. Since those raw Afro-Rock performances of the early days Manden Express have expanded their ranks welcoming other talented musicians into fold, bringing their expertise in diverse musical genres from Jazz to Flamenco, leading Down With Jazz festival to write:
‘If Ireland has become a melting pot, Manden Express might be the band to provide its soundtrack’.
In their first EP Manden Express blend original compositions with great West African standards such Faso Denou (Burkina Faso) and Djina Musso (Mali).
Manden Express are delighted to welcome you and many special guests to this exciting evening of some of the best of West African in Dublin.
Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble
Ajo Arkestra (Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble) are a 14 strong outer-national group of Afrobeat exponents from the four corners of the world. They are a musical crossroads made up of musicians that have washed up on our shores and share an ancestral understanding of the Underground Spiritual Game playing a blend of free flow Afrobeat rhythm and heavy dance-floor Afro funk. The band was founded in 2012, when a group of Afro-beat enthusiast started meeting up regularly at down-town jam sessions. They began making plans to form a new collective that would combine their various musical interests with their particular world view.
Dj Lex Woo is perhaps Dublins best loved Dj spinning African Beats in many of the capitals top venues and collaborating with homegrown and visiting greats including the great Tony Allen of Fela Kuti fame. He has also brought his talents across the dance floors of Europe and as far afield as New York.
Mark Murphy aka DJ Scope is based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked with artists like Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Edan, Poets of Rhythm, Q-Tip, and many more , check choicecuts.com for more info.
Musically expect to hear slow to fast, old to new and exclusives and obscurities when Murphy is in the mix. Known for his diverse range and journeyman style of Djing,
Manden Express are delighted to invite a host of Mandingue Drummers specialising in the Djembe and Dunun drumming of West Africa. African music in Ireland owes a lot to the drummers and dancers who have brought us the blistering energy of the West African village.
ONLINE TICKETS –
10e for first 50 tickets – Including CD download.
14e for first 50 tickets – including Cd download + CD hard copy on the night.
12.50e at the door/16.50e including CD.