Formed by a multi-national collective of musicians with a common love for African roots music, Mankala’s sound is greatly influenced by a variety of styles… from the joyous sounds of Soukous, Sungura & Mbaqanga music to the hypnotic grooves of Afro-Beat and the Desert Blues…

A high energy pan-African sound with a unique style and a positive message!

Sixteen years rolling and still going strong, Mankala have been performing across the lengths of the UK and beyond since 2003, from the local music venues and streets of their home town of Bristol to the internationally renowned Jazz World Stage at Glastonbury Festival via the beautiful fields and stages of Shambala, Green Man, Sunrise, Wilderness, Mannifest, Secret Garden, Bestival… and many many more!

Mankala is composed of -

Christian De Juan (UK/Spain) – Guitars, backing vocals, management

Simwinji Zeko (Zambia) – Guitars, backing vocals

Bi Do Zavoalo (Ivory Coast) – Djembe, percussions

Sisanda Myataza (South Africa) – Lead vocals

Mark Leaver (UK) – Lyrics, lead vocals

Guillaume Ottaviani (France) – Bass

Paolo Adamo (Italy) – Drum kit

Sam Ross (UK) – Keyboards


We are delighted that Mankala will be performing at Costa del Folk Portugal and Aviemore Folk Festival