Upcoming concert dates


"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."

- Mark Anthony Brennan, Ride the Tempo Music Blog

"The sound they’re creating is as eclectic as their backgrounds"

- Ruby Woodruff, Beatroute Magazine

"Mngwa are stringing together a number of cultural touchstones"

- Exclaim! Magazine

"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."

- ICI Radio-Canada

Who is Mngwa? [ming-wah]

We need a party band for the strange new world. Rooted in the Afro-Latin soul of cumbia, MNGWA [pronounced ming-wah] blends elements of psych rock, surf, salsa, reggae, and hip hop into their polyrhythmic pot // Forever shifting but never dropping the groove.

With 8 full-time members from Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia, the Vancouver ensemble draws inspiration from across the globe and invite all to join in the sonic frenzy.

Past Shows

  • October 27, 2018
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Parade of Lost Souls
  • October 24, 2018
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Calabash Bistro
  • September 14, 2018
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada
    Nanaimo Bar
  • September 13, 2018
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada
    Global Groove @ VIU Pub
  • July 22, 2018
    Surrey, BC, Canada
    Surrey Fusion Festival
  • July 21, 2018
    Crawford Bay, BC, Canada
    Starbelly Jam Festival
  • July 19, 2018
    Kelowna, BC, Canada
    Parks Alive!
  • July 14, 2018
    Horsefly, BC, Canada
    Arts on the Fly Festival
  • July 6, 2018
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Wise Hall w/ Robin Layne Band, Malagrupa
  • April 26, 2018
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Vancouver World Music Festival @ Guilt & Co.
  • November 23, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Zimbamoto Album Release @ WISE Hall
  • September 1, 2017
    Richmond, BC, Canada
    Richmond World Festival
  • August 12, 2017
    Burnaby, BC, Canada
    One Love Westcoast Festival
  • July 9, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Carnaval del Sol
  • June 25, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
  • May 5, 2017
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Victoria Events Centre with Compassion Gorilla
  • March 3, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Chutzpah! Festival with Marbin @ Biltmore Cabaret
  • October 15, 2016
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Opening for Quantic @ Imperial
  • September 23, 2016
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    WISE Hall with Compassion Gorilla
  • July 23, 2016
    Forest Grove, BC, Canada
    Hootstock Festival
  • December 31, 2015
    Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Txalaparta Bar Año Nuevo
  • December 30, 2015
    Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
    Txalaparta Bar w/ Kaoz Party
  • December 27, 2015
    Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
    El Mango
  • December 26, 2015
    Mexico City, Mexico
    La Bipo Coyoacán
  • September 3, 2015
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Vancouver Latin American Film Festival Opening Gala @ Fox Cabaret
  • August 16, 2015
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Latin Summer Fest @ Trout Lake
  • June 27, 2015
    Williams Lake, BC, Canada
    Backyard Speakeasy @ the Potato House
  • June 26, 2015
    Quesnel, BC, Canada
    The Occidental with Blocktreat
  • February 28, 2015
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    MNGWA Album Release Party with Orkestar Slivovica
  • August 8, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Railway Club w/ Jack of Hearts & Devil the Wood Shack
  • January 18, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    A Celebration of Life @ Studio East

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