ManaTapu are newcomers to the world music scene. Their mission: Transfer their unique energy to the audience creating a beautiful musical vibe. The cultural influence seen in their music is shared locally and overseas.

The journey for the musicians of the band started with casual jam sessions; where local bars or beaches served as their stage. They started off from nothing but moved towards the band image we now know as ManaTapu.

Deeply rooted in Reggae and Ska, the band’s voice is a fusion with other sounds such as Funk, Blues, Rock, Punk, Hip-Hop, Latino style and even polka. This mesh of sounds comes together with the dynamic of their band’s, you can hear the International variance in the music of ManaTapu which combine 4 languages, lyrics goes from English to Maltese to Spanish to French.

As ambassadors for the local music scene, ManaTapu are one of the most sought-after live acts in Malta and are best known for their crowd pumping sound and contagiously energetic shows generating MushPit. They delivered first their massive energy to the crowd at the 2013 Earth Garden Festival where the Roots Stage brought to life the eclectic sounds of ManaTapu.

Their latest album; Tuatara, was launched in May 2018 and have recently finished their First Tour.

The eight-piece outfit is made up of James Saliba (Bass Guitar), Ryan Abela (Drums), Dario Vella C (Vocals & Guitar),  Luca Gurrieri (Saxophone), Pupachile (Vocals), Liksu (Keys & Trumpet) and finaly Tete (Vocals) adding the super international flavour to the band.

Jimmy Tyrrell all the way from Carlow, Ireland, sounds like the Foo Fighters, Paolo Nuitini, Bon Iver, and Damien Rice teamed up and had a baby. Then that baby grew up, had some heartbreak, and learned the guitar. Probably better at making you cry than making you dance, that husky voice is going to get you emotional one way or the other.

Jimmy gained national attention in Ireland, with The Sun referring to him as “a singing sensational with insane vocals” after his appearance on X Factor Malta, which drew plaudits for his powerful voice, engaging stage presence, and ridiculous big ginger beard. #BringJimmyBack made social media rounds, while others simply publicly showed their support for Tyrrell, with the country extremely gutted at the elimination. ‘Jimmy is INSANELY TALENTED! PURE RAW’ one said. ‘Great boy, still owes me 20 euros’, local Balluta Bar owner Brian Grixti added.

You can find Jimmy on Spotify, social media, and gigging across Malta this summer.