Sam Manzanza has performed with his infectious brand of authentic African music to audiences all over the globe. His knowledge of traditional rhythms is honed by years spent with the national ballet of Zaire (DR Congo) under Ray Lema. Sam is the man who popularised traditional and modern Africa music in New Zealand.
A versatile instrumentalist, composer and singer, he plays blues harp, guitar and percussion, sings in French, English and Lingala, as well as composing most of the songs his band performs. This year at CubaDupa he will be accompanying Mulame | Lema Shamamba with a series of acoustic and enchanting sets.