Sam Manzanza & Afrobeat band

  • When: 7th Mar 3:35pm
  • Where: Community Stage
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Sam Manzanza has performed his infectious brand of authentic African music to audiences all over the globe. His knowledge of traditional rhythms is honed by years spent with the national ballet of Zaire ( DR Congo ) under Ray Lema.

Sam is the man who popularised traditional and modern Africa music in New Zealand.

He has enlivened and enchanted many ceremonial occasions, from Government House and The Beehive and the Auckland Commonwealth Drum Festival, with many other festivals, Universities and bars in between.

A versatile instrumentalist, composer and singer, he plays blues harp, guitar and percussion, sings in French, English and Lingala, as well as composing most of the songs his band performs.

This powerful, infectious, hot and spicy brand of Afro beat is to make audiences feel the magic, love and peace that comes with upbeat energetic rhythm and positive vibes. This highest energy performance is sure to move your soul, make you sing along and raise your body temperature as you dance non-stop. His fast – paced blend of hot and spicy African music, and Afro beat is taken from tribal beats and is always a hit with audiences.

Performing with his band, dressed in African costumes, promises to be a spectacular showcase of culture.