Manas Itene Laughing


Feb 11 2022


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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Workshop: Manas Itene Drumming Workshop

Join us at the LEAF Global Experience in Downtown Asheville for a fantastic 60minute drumming workshop with the incredible Manas Itene! This workshop is suitable for all ages and will precede his performance at the LEAF Global Experience. The workshop will focus on teaching the basics of the hand drum, basic rhythm, and include time for a jam with what everyone has learned.

Artist Bio:
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!

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Mayani is a Maasai boy from longido Arusha. He went to boarding school at 6 years old and lost his Maasai language and tradition. Since joining the LEAF program, he has learned to sing Maasai songs, practiced the ‘jump’ tradition and wear Maasai shukas (traditional clothing). Mayani is extremely happy and is currently teaching other youth the culture.