South African singer/songwriter Manny Walters may describe his sound as ‘electric rhythm & blues / garage soul’, but, whatever designation you choose to apply, one thing is clear – Manny Walters is imbued with an intuitive and instinctive musicality that is rare indeed in its authenticity and gravitas.
2016 saw him perform with his band at Rocking the Daisies, MACUFE Rock Festival alongside Gangs of Ballet, Just Jinjer and Wonderboom as well as opening for Karen Zoid at the Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre in Grabouw.
Influenced by greats such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Tracy Chapman and Sly Stone, Walters delivers his socially conscious and intelligently poised lyricism with the kind of passionate, soulful intensity that is as timeless in its ambition as it is inspirational in its contemporary appeal. The grit-flecked, raw soul of his commanding voice is profoundly resonant in its ability to captivate the listener.
Walters is the kind of emerging artist who will readily find favor with those who desire music that appeals to the conscience just as easily as it satisfies the soul. With a debut album released in 2015, he is currently in studio with a new offering due for release in 2017.