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Thursday, Sep 19 2013 | 15:30
Image: 1581568 The driving rhythmical talent behind Electric Wire Hustle steps out from behind the drum kit to
release his first solo album ‘One’.
At just 25 years old the musically prolific Myele Manzanza has not only held down the drums
as part of New Zealand's Electric Wire Hustle for the past 5 years but has also drummed for
many other NZ bands including 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 drum kit at age 14 but has been hand drumming traditional African
rhythms with his father Sam Manzanza from a young age.
“Growing up music and rhythm was all around me and I understood it from a very early age.
Through my father I learnt the language of the drum probably at the same time as I learnt to
talk! My dad was one of the first Africans to perform traditional African & High Life music live in
New Zealand & he has been a tremendous influence & inspiration on my career as a
musician.”says Myele.
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 the year 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
seeds of musical inspiration to put together his first album aptly titled ‘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. "This album
was a challenge to myself to broaden my own musical identity as a musician.”

1. Neighbours Intro
2. Big Space feat. Mark de Clive-Lowe and Bella Kalolo
3. Absent feat. Bella Kalolo
4. Delay
5. Elvin's Brew feat. Mark de Clive- Lowe
6. City Of Atlantis feat. Charlie K and Ladi6
7. On The Move feat. Rachel Fraser
8. Everybody Isn't
9. 7 Bar Thing feat. Mara TK
10. Me I Know Him feat. Sam Manzanza and Amenta

• Debut solo album from New Zealand based recording artist and producer Myele Manzanza who is also part of electronic soul act Electric Wire Hustle.
• The album features collaborating artists - Ladi6 (BBE/NZ), Mark de Clive-Lowe (Tru Thoughts/ USA/ NZ), Amenta, Taay Ninh and Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle (BBE/NZ), Rachel Fraser from Funkommunity (MPM/ NZ) and Bella Kalolo.
• 'One' was mixed and mastered by fellow BBE artist Benny Tones in Wellington, New Zealand.
• Myele's own father, Congolese master percussionist Sam Manzanza features on the track 'Me I Know Him'.
• ‘On The Move’ featuring Rachel Fraser video to be released tbc
• Myele was the only New Zealander selected to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 London. Fellow participants included Katy B (Rinse / Columbia UK), Tokimonsta (Brainfeeder/ LA), Lunice (Warp / USA).
• Myele is an accomplished performer, having performed at some of the worlds best and largest
festivals as part of Electric Wire Hustle including Glastonbury (UK), Dour (BE), Worldwide
Festival (FR), Sziget (HU) and SXSW (TX).
• Myele is also a talented Jazz drummer having completed a his Music degree in Jazz Performance from the New Zealand School of Music his Jazz Trio has recently been selected to perform at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival this year alongside the Miguel Atwood Ferguson Ensemble (LA).

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