MANELIS draws inspiration from old African flavors particularly South African artists such as Harare, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Letta Mbulu to weave an unmatched genuine sound that has been described by Isolezwe Newspaper as “ripe, matured and professional”.

His streetwise lyricism has an authentic Zulu feel with a colloquial touch that speaks of the African urban experience on soulful and sometimes alternatively experimental instrumental backdrops that inspire from a village to a global sonic landscape.

The development of MANELIS’ sound has panned over a 10-year period through various recordings, performances and groups, more recently LUMINATI a live band he co-founded in 2010 and is referred to as an explosive mix of genres such as jazz, rock and hip hop.

Earlier collaborative efforts range from experiments with locally based live bands and artists such as Ghetto Prophecy Movements (G.P.M) and Blackfist of Gavi (2001-2004), Zuluboy (2008-2009), making it possible to share stages with international artists such as Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Jeru da Damaja, The Coup (from Los Angeles), Black Thought (of the Roots) and Jonzi D (British Spoken Word and theatre artist).

MANELIS has been covered and rated by Hype Magazine as one of the top five unsigned artists in South Africa. (Hype Magazine is the only Hip Hop publication with circulation through out South Africa).

He graced stages at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (2009, 2011, 2012), Fire In The Mountain and Splashy Fen (2008) festivals and contributed music to Durban recorded projects like Isinamuva Luyabukwa (2006) and Sounds 031 (2008). He released his solo EP Album titled S’tshengise in 2009. In June 2012 Manelis was invited to perform at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain.
In 2015 MANELIS is looking to release his long awaited full-length album and work on his collaboration project Under Madiba Skies with which he toured France in 2013 and will tour South Africa in 2015.

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