Watch List: Manny Walters Offers A Soulful Insight With 'The Baptist'
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. 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 profoundly resonant in its ability to captivate the listener.
Building a respected reputation on the Capetown music scene through a busy live gigging schedule, Walters has chalked up a series of notable achievements in recent years as he has established himself on the South African music scene: a month-long residency at the House Of Machines in Capetown; appearing at the Jägermeister 'Up The Creek' and Synergy Live music festivals; making the Top Ten of the Converse 'Get Out Of The Garage' competition for 2014 with his song 'Parables'; a debut South African television appearance on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3. In the process of finishing his upcoming debut EP with bassist Robert Scott and drummer Asher Gamedze, 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.