To coin a phrase like Alternative Afro-Folk-Rock is pretty difficult – and quite a mouthful, but it seems Mann Friday might have done so.
Hailing from South Africa, Italy and …wait for it …Zimbabwe(!), and bound together by a decade on the London rock scene, Mann Friday have forged a triumphant alloy of Brit grit and African optimism.
The self-propelled rockers boast a litany of achievements including five studio albums, near sell-out performances at premiere venues such as The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Forum and Islington Academy – all supported savagely by an army of loyalist fans.
One scalp they haven’t taken though, is a lifelong dream to play at the hallowed Glastonbury Festival. Their new single Say Yeah!, out January 15th 2015 is a stirring call to action and the accompanying video an explosive appeal to Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis to book the band at this year’s festival.
Say Yeah! is the perfect combination of rock and folk that is full of energy. It’s a blinder, combining percussion and guitar riffs into a richly layered mid-tempo melody that features a folk friendly drumbeat and rock undertones. The key is the vocal line, and not just melodically…
Let’s hope Emily Eavis jumps on board too, expect to see, hear and read a lot of buzz around Mann Friday in the coming weeks from NME to Uncut Magazine, amongst others.
Mann Friday first hit European soil in 2003 with their controversial rock opera Zimbabwe Ruins gaining critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Festival. Tracks from the show were released on their debut album The Orchard, quickly followed by Apple Source (2005), a foray into lo-fi electronica and featuring on Sky News’ Year in Review. Gathering momentum, Mann Friday witnessed a groundswell of support for their live shows, spurring them towards rockier records Blue Sky Science (2006) and Waiting For the Flash (2009). BBC World News covered the band’s unconventional bid for the UK Top 40 as their ‘Week You Made Us Famous’ campaign went viral promoting the hit single Sunburn and Wonder.
The following years saw front man Rob Burrell spend more time in his homeland of Zimbabwe and it was here he forged the basis for their fifth studio album Trainrides and Radio Play. The album caught the attention of (ex-Richard Branson) V2 Records who signed the band in 2013 and helped launch Mann Friday into the Dutch Top 5.
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