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 rhythms. 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, djembé, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.
I have had the pleasure to attend two of their live performances at the Sugar Club, Dublin 2, Ireland on Saturday 12th July 2014 and Sunday 3rd August 2014. They had a special guest Godfred Asare, a Ghanian dancer, who accompanied them at their last act for the first show.
You may want to check their blog and Facebook fan page for upcoming shows:
Enjoy the below diaporama of pictures and videos from the events!