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Manakin In The Desert [album]

Manakin: In The DesertSometimes it isnt enough just to be
  able to launch a music career —
  sometimes the talent is so big that
 
it cannot fail to get you noticed.
  And Manakin
s debut album In The
  Desert
is undeniably deserving
  of recognition...”


FROM THE OPENING CHORDS and the alluring and unusual voice of lead singer Shake to the closing notes, Manakin has got it right on all fronts. The band's In The Desert is full of hot and exotic-infused melodic hard rock — and this debut album is a testament to the fact that they have what it takes to reap their just rewards.

Due for release on August 25 (2008) on RMD Records and distributed by Shellshock/ Pinnacle, In The Desert is a mesmerising musical riot of tracks that just keep on getting better — a magnificent offering that looks set to elevate the band into the upper echelons of the rock world.

Manakin is a four-piece band headed by none other than gifted and passionate singer/ songwriter Sheikh Hassan Bin Rashid Al Khalifa of Bahrain — or, rather, 'Shake' to his friends. He is joined by ex-Neneh Cherry band guitarist Charlie Casey, bassist Russell Milton and drummer Ian Markin.

While studying in the US, Shake became fascinated by artistes such as Aerosmith, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Dave Mathews Band — and it was his respect for and his enthusiasm about this style of music that spurred him to his ambition to dedicate himself to rock music.

Shake has always been a maverick child, but when he chose to go down the Rock 'n' Roll road he was seriously at risk of being ostracised by his family in Bahrain. But once they realised how much his music meant to him, Shake's musical career was accepted.

Having relocated to the Rock 'n' Roll capital of the world — London — Shake began to look seriously at forming his own band. Recruiting through the usual small ads in the music press, Manakin was born as first Russell, then Ian and finally Charlie joined, late in 2007.

Cutting their teeth on gigs supporting Under The Influence Of Giants in the US and then Tommy Lee in Bahrain, Manakin stayed in the desert kingdom while they wrote and demoed songs destined for the album In The Desert — drawing, we assume, inspiration from the exotic land with its wide open spaces.

When Manakin returned to the UK, the boys were armed with a holster full of songs and dug themselves in at London's Livingstone Studios with producer Nick Caffrey to work on In The Desert. The result is a classy collection of classic, timeless, rock-oriented songs powered by Shake's unique, wide-ranging vocals.

Gun, one of the album's distinctive tracks, is to be released as a single in September and a video has already been filmed in preparation. Manakin has recently been giving the album an airing live on the road in South Africa and the band is also lining up a London club gig for early September.

Manakin likes to keep you on your toes. From the outstanding Gun — that makes you want to listen to every chord and digest every word from its magical beginning to its very end — through to The Day, In The Desert is a magnificent offering of emotions that has an amazing affect on the listener.

You just feel all relaxed with Travel Man when you are abruptly 'Shake-en' out of your reverie with the foot-stomping You And Me; only to be given a lethal injection with Heart Attack before being completely lost to the addiction of Manakin and In The Desert. The rousing Play On and beautifully-composed Oh Lord does nothing to prepare you for the startling The Day — the heart-stopping final track that lives and breathes Shake's magnificent heritage. Get me to the desert!

Manakin's creditable debut album In The Desert will be released on 25 August (2008).

Tracklisting — 1 Drug I Want | 2 Gun | 3 She Gonna Kill Me | 4 Toast | 5 Travel Man |
6 You And Me | 7 Heart Attack | 8 In The Desert | 9 Play On | 10 Oh Lord | 11 Double Take | 12 The Day

Check out manakin.info and myspace.com/manakinspace.

"Manakin likes to keep you on your toes. From the outstanding Gun — that makes you want to listen to every chord and digest every word from its magical beginning to its very end — through to The Day, In The Desert is a magnificent offering of emotions that has an amazing affect on the listener" — MotorBar