"Like a cultural rainbow, the music of MNGWA runs the spectrum of ethnic genres: latin, gypsy, balkan, dub, russian, carribean, mexican. You can add to that some contemporary indie folk, psych rock and a hint of a country twang. It’s a rich, intoxicating brew. An absolute delight. MNGWA calls it Vancumbia, and who knows it may be the sound of the future. I, for one, hope so."
"The sound they’re creating is as eclectic as their backgrounds"
"Mngwa are stringing together a number of cultural touchstones"
"Le groupe Mngwa, formé de 8 musiciens, propose des rythmes entraînants et des concerts pleins d'énergie à leurs fans. Si vous les voyez en spectacle, vous ne pourrez pas rester assis sur votre chaise."
MNGWA takes its name from a giant cat that once stalked the jungles of eastern Africa. A 9-piece band made up of Russians, Mexicans, and Canadians, they are a strange beast indeed. What began with the intention of playing South American cumbia has quickly evolved into something much more nebulous.
Mixing in elements of psychedelic rock, dub, African rhythms, and vocals in four languages, MNGWA injects the local music scene with a fresh global perspective. They call it "Vancumbia Ambush".
Based in East Vancouver, MNGWA is earning a reputation as a juggernaut party band, hosting underground shows that include video projections, costumes, puppets, live artwork, and a colourful entourage of weirdos. MNGWA has an album in the works, festival appearances this summer, and plans to broadcast their sound into the distant cosmos...