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theLIFT Los Angeles presents
very special opening dj set by CARLOS NIÑO (SPACEWAYS RADIO/KPFK - LA)
co-creators / resident deejays:
WISEACRE (the303 - NYC)


For the last 6 years Myele has turned heads internationally traveling the globe with New Zealand’s acclaimed ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE. Last year he stepped out on his own with the worldwide release of his bold debut solo album ONE on BBE Records and now MYELE heads to the U.S. for the first time to lead his own musical project the MYELE MANZANZA TRIO, teaming up with a couple outstanding Kiwi prodigies MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE on keys and BEN SHEPHERD on bass + the very welcome addition of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's strings !

Critically regarded in Australasia as a fearless drummer, Myele was introduced to the language of the drum and traditional African rhythms from an early age. As the son of Congolese master percussionist, Myele’s upbringing was steeped in the tradition of rhythm. As a child he performed on hand drums with his father, Sam, who was also one of the first Africans to perform traditional African Afrobeat and High Life music in New Zealand but it wasn’t until Myele was 14 that he started playing kit.

Myele was selected as the sole NZ representative to the Red Bull Music Academy in London, alongside the likes of Katy B, Tokimonsta. This marked a turning point in his career and wielding the acquired knowledge from the tutelage of Flying Lotus, Roots Manuva, Hudson Mohawke, Moodyman, Dr Peter Zinovieff and DJ Zinc set him on a path towards crafting his own solo album ONE just out via BBE Records late last year.

An album which “deftly draws a line between traditional African music, classic jazz, golden age hip-hop and R 'n B and the skipping percussive impulses of modern bass music” Myele’s solo debut features an impressive diversity of musicianship and guest musicians including Mark de Clive-Lowe, Ladi6, Mara TK, Rachel Fraser & Bella Kalolo.

To realize this opus in a live format the overzealous Myele now leads two musical projects, this TRIO with it's US Debut performance at the Blue Whale with US based Kiwi ex-pats Mark de Clive-Lowe on keys and Ben Shepherd on bass and featuring the mighty Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Strings and guest vocals by Nia Andrews!

Both Mark and Ben bring a lot to the musical table and have been formative to Myele as a musician. Growing up together in Wellington Ben departed New Zealand to study Jazz at the California Institute of Arts and from there has gone on to hold down bass duties for Lee Ritenour, Sonny Emery, David Archuleta & Ellis Hall. In Myele’s own words “He is quite simply a virtuoso”.

Transplanted kiwi and now local maestro, Mark de Clive-Lowe (Church and Remix Live) has been a longtime hero turned collaborater of Myele’s. A beast on the keys, Mark was pivotal in the Broken Beat and Nu Jazz movements and in addition to his own 13 albums, has contributed to over 250 other releases including the tracks ‘Big Space’ and ‘Elvin’s Brew’ on Myele’s album ONE.

Rounding out this mighty group, which has stemmed from the fortuitous meeting of Myele in New Zealand, is maestro Miguel Atwood-Ferguson the multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, and educator renowned for his many magnificent works, such as the exceptional 60 piece orchestra tribute to J Dilla ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ to his arrangements, compositions and appearances with the who’s who in music today from Flying Lotus, Seu Jorge, Hiatus Kaiyote, Leon Ware, Quadron, Jose James, Meshell, Mayer Hawthorne, Austin Peralta, Carlos Niño, Mia Doi Todd, Dwight Trible, Bilal, Common, Mulatu Astatke and so so many more.

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