May 31st and June 1st, 2014


Manden Express


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 emerged 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 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.

Emma Garnett – Vocals
Paul McElhatton – Kamele n’goni harp
Paddy Groenland – Guitar
Manuel Sanz Olivencia – Bass
Jose Minguez – Guitar
Brian Lynch – Djembe
Cote Calmet – Drums

Shakefest is supported by the Offaly Local Development Company, the Offaly County Council, The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the European Commission, the Offaly Leader and The Offaly Arts Office.