Mankala is an eclectic band that plays high-energy original music that we define as Afro-Caribbean-Fusion Groove, with elements drawn mainly from Afro Beat, Reggae and Zouk. The band brings together musicians from diverse places in the world such as Martinique, Zambia, Tenerife (Canary Islands) and of course England where Mankala was formed early in 2003 in the multicultural city of Bristol were the band is also currently based.
Sung in a mixture of English, Spanish and the Creole language of the Antilles, the lyrics address the day to day things that occupy a musician: the constant struggle to make a living, the sacrifices made to accomplish our dreams. They also address the importance of sharing, giving and loving others by first loving yourself, the beauties of nature and how a simple yet powerful natural event like the sunrise every day can be a source of eternal inspiration.
The name of the Band, "Mankala", comes from an ancient African game that must be among the oldest of human entertainments. It is also said that the word “Mankala” has a more spiritual meaning, which refers to "where the soul is aiming for", but for us, Mankala means "Action through Music", a meaning that sums up the band's philosophy.
Through our music we hope to reach out and inspire you, make you feel better inside, make you get up and dance with no inhibitions… but also make you feel relaxed, feel the groove and experience your own unique “journey within”.