At just 23 years old the musically prolific Myele Manzanza has not only held down the drums as part of Wellington's Electric Wire Hustle for the past 4 years but has also drummed for Olmecha Supreme, Sheba Williams, The Recloose Live Band, The Jonathan Crayford Trio as well as for his father - Sam Manzanza's Rhythm Africa Band & countless other musical projects.
Myele only started playing drumkit at age 14 but has been hand drumming traditional African rhythms with his father Sam Manzanza from a very early age.
Since graduating from the New Zealand School Of Music with a Degree in Jazz performance in 2008, Myele has dutifully dedicated himself to learning the new discipline of digital music production. In 2010 Myele was the only New Zealander selected to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy in London where he picked up a wealth of knowledge & skill from the many other participants from all over the world and expert lecturers such as Flying Lotus, Roots Manuva, Cluster, Moodyman, Dr Peter Zinovieff and DJ Zinc.
The rest of 2010 was spent living between Berlin & New York & touring with Electric Wire Hustle with laptop in hand. The fertile breeding ground of creativity of these cities provided the musical inspiration to put together his first album aptly title 'One'.
Created primarily in Wellington, New York and Berlin in kitchens, bedrooms, hotel rooms, parks, balconies and backstage 'One' draws on many influences and experiences. Rooted in Myele's musical first language of rhythm, the album also expresses his voice as a musician and producer outside of being a drummer which was a key motivation for Myele.
Myele's debut album 'One' will be released in New Zealand through Electric Wire Hustle's label, Every Waking Hour' 17 of February 2012.
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