Earlier this summer at Electric Forest, The String Cheese Incident debuted a new tune “Manga”, inspired by legendary Cameroonian bassist Andre Manga. Today, SCI has officially released “Manga” as a single out of their SCI Sound Lab, after testing the song out in a live setting during shows over the summer.
As percussionist Jason Hann explained earlier this summer on Facebook,
Manga” [is] the last name of incredible Cameroonian musician Andre Manga. He played bass on Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” record. I was in his band when I first got to Los Angeles around 1998. I learned so much during that time. He’s also an awesome producer and he had me record on a bunch of projects of famous African musicians like Soukous Stars, Andre Marie Tala, and Prince Eyongo. It’s pronounced “Mahn-gah”… I played [“Manga”] when I put together the band Rhythmatronix, which Andre played in. I was so stoked he wanted to play in this group I put together. I wrote that to say thanks.
On other note. In Cameroon, the popular music there is called “Bikutsi” and “Makossa”. “Manga” starts with a type of groove that I could picture Andre making up that doesn’t have a name, and then it goes into a style of music called “Soukous” – which is the popular music from the Congo. I was in a 9 piece Soukous band called Bitoto (rhymes with EOTO by coincidence) when I lived in San Diego in 1990—fronted by 2 singers from Congo, 1 singer from Kenya, and 1 singer from Rwanda. We all learned to write that style of music together, and that was a huge piece of my musical education.
Hann also added that he would love for Andre Manga to sit in with The String Cheese Incident at some point in the future, though Manga still resides in Cameroon most of the time.
Watch the theatrical and goofy new video for “Manga” below, out of the band’s SCI Sound Lab!
The String Cheese Incident – “Manga”
[Video: The String Cheese Incident]
Next up for The String Cheese Incident is the band’s New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on December 28th, 29th, and 31st. The Colorado band’s hometown New Year’s celebration will double as a loving celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary, which will extend through 2019.
For more information on New Year’s run and more String Cheese Incident 25th-anniversary celebrations, head to the band’s website here.