Live Music: Manas Itene
Join us at the LEAF Global Experience in Downtown Asheville for a fantastic performance by the incredible Manas Itene! The performance will conclude with Manas’s signature drum circle! People are asked to bring their own instruments to take part though LEAF will have a few ready to be handed out to the audience so they can be involved. Prior to his performance Manas will be leading a drumming workshop at the LEAF Global Experience at 4pm.
Doors Open 6pm, Show Starts 6:30pm
Manas Itene is a world-renowned drummer and incredible vocalist on a mission to spread his uplifting
music and message to the world. ‘One Accord’ is Manas’ second studio album. An incredible compilation
of reggae, pop and world-beat that will lift your spirits. The message is simple; we must always seek
beauty and unity in a world that is constantly showing hopelessness.
Manas has been onstage drumming with Michael Franti and Spearhead for 2 decades performing for
audiences of all sizes from Glastonbury and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Paradisio to BottleRock. He has
spent time in the studio with some of the greats, Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, Babatunde
Olatunjii, bluegrass great and grammy-award winner Peter Rowan just to name a few. He has also shared
a stage with Don Carlos, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and many more.
Manas is a self taught drummer and a gifted vocalist. At age 6 Manas began creating his own drum set on
the streets of a small town in Nigeria with all he could find, an umbrella skin and a tin. He lived next door
to a music venue and would peek through the door learning all he could from the music world and boldly
asking to sit on the drum kit and practice. Manas made his way to the big stage with Nigerian reggae
sensation, Mandators at just 16 years of age.
Manas lives for music and the drum kit. He is a motivated and focussed musician and continues to instil
his lessons and values on the younger generations offering one-on-one mentorship and lessons. Since
the release of One Accord in the summer of 2021 Manas has been taking to the road, stripping it back
and spreading the joy in backyards and events centres across the US. With an epic performance followed
by a drum circle for all skill levels. Manas is sharing the rhythm he plays to!
Wherever you are and whenever we see you, be ready! This is going to be epic!