Kara Mack @ The Talking Stick-June 16, 2012

I have been speechless a number of times in my life, and Andre Manga’s CD Release Party and Concert has been added to the list.  On June 16, 2012, I had the pleasure of opening for Cameroonian bassist Andre Manga’s band.  He has just released his new CD entitled “Voyages”.  Andre Manga, who is currently the bass player for Josh Groban, has played for David Zasloff, Marc Antoine, Andrae Crouch, Donny McClurkin, The Temptations, Patrice Rushen, Boys2Men, All4one, Chaka Khan, Peter White, Rick Brown, Howard Hewett, Jonathan Butler, Ashley Maher, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Kevin Peter Jones, Ziggy Marley, John Barnes, Andrea Boccelli, Josh Groban, and the list goes on. Andre toured the world with Grammy-Nominated singing diva, Angelique Kidjo as her Musical Director and bass player. Andre was also responsible for assembling the musicians for Paul Simon’s album, RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS. He played with Manu Dibango, Youssou N’dour and Salif Keita and worked on Dibango’s star-studded album, WAKAFIKA, which featured King Sunny Ade, Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sinead O’Connor, and several other world music luminaries. The band that that he put together that night was out of this world!!!!  I was truly inspired by how Andre’s compositions weren’t enslaved to time or rhythm, but remained open to every type of musical possibility there is. I knew that I had to represent, for there are sooo many artists that he could have had open for him, but I was chosen in the end.  My band (Cedric on keys, Dani on bass, Kahlil on percussion, Sam on guitar, and Kurt on drumset), came and showed out; and I’ve very proud that Andre was pleased.  Check out the pics below and a short clip of our last song; the premiere of a song that’s going to be on the upcoming album “A Negroe’s Spiritual”.  It’s called “Come Enjoy This”.  Bless and talk to you soon!

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