Te Mana is a revolutionary R&B, Rock & Reggae fusion band delivering a message of peace, love and unity. Formed in April 2018 after 5 musicians collaborated one night in the backyard. Band Members Shannon Thompson (Lead singer), Rawhiti Turnbull (Guitar), Shane Tane Drums), Roland Kapene (Bass) and Tanielu Pula (Keys), had the vision to create not just soulful music, but music generations would appreciate.
By May, after experimenting with sound and rhythm and drawing inspiration from George Benson, UB40, Earth Wind & Fire, Toto Donald Fagan, Bob Marley, Jodeci, D Angelo, Jaheim, Blackstreet and Sisqo, Te Mana soon shaped songs that infused various genres and ignited people’s hearts to rediscover their roots and culture.
With each musician focused on writing, playing and vocals, Te Mana quickly composed 5 songs. Their lyrics resonated with listeners and often influenced their views, outlooks and emotions in a profound way.
The foundation of Te Mana’s music has answered their ancestral calling to stand up and represent diversity. And to encourage people to free their minds and not live a life being supressed, confined and controlled by rules. Their music attracted notable artistes from NZ and Australia to open for their shows. And since touring Te Mana has released 2 singles and is currently working on releasing their first E.P. The songs on the E.P strive to uplift humanity, rekindle love and empower people to seek freedom.
Check out Te Mana single "Freedom"below.