There’s something mystical about Mannywellz’s ability to instantly take control of any crowd with his heart-warming tunes. When he hits the stage, the Nigerian-born singer — and expert bongo player — doesn’t waste any time in commanding the room to sit back and relax while he churns out intimates tunes from his heart. As his band serves up the introductory melodies, Manny has a tendency to stare out into the audience and demand they scream “Oooh la la!” before he begins his next hit.
Since officially beginning his musical journey back in 2014, Manny has become nothing short of a natural performer. Within the last year alone, the well rounded musician has traveled across the country as one of two opening acts for the “Classic Man” Jidenna, and laid the foundation for his own tour in the coming months. At the top of 2018, the Maryland-based singer/producer released the long-awaited follow-up to his breakthrough album Wellz.
SoulFro is a 7-track, genre-bending EP that reflects the crooner’s eclectic approach to his craft. He embraces every aspect of his vocal talents from belting “Do Not Disturb” to rapping about feeling the “Hand Of God.” Upbeat jams like “Yeooo” make almost make it impossible for anyone to resist throwing their hands up and swaying them from side to side. Less than two months after the album dropped, Manny is already planning to bring SoulFro to on the road Before hits the road once again, the singer blessed his hometown by giving them a show they’ll never forget.
“There’s nothing like being at home with folks you love and grew up with,” Mannywellz tells VIBE. “And the feeling of being able to perform and receive mad love from them? Nothing beats that.”
Earlier this month, Mannywellz and his day one fans invaded Union Stage in Washington D.C. for his first show back home since wrapping up Jidenna’s Long Live the Chief Tour. The show kicked off with a DJ set by Little Bacon Bear followed by a performance by fellow House Studio artist Sydney Franklin, who performed songs from her debut EP Make It Hurt. Afterwards, the man of the hour arrived and instantly grabbed everyone’s attention.
Manny kept the crowd guessing as he switched up the vibe with every song in his set. He’s one of the only newer artists in the game that can go from R&B to Hip-Hop, and then serve up a soulful tune with a side of Afrobeats. After whipping out his Talking Drum for a quick bongo session, Manny closed out the performance with a cover or two of his favorite trending records like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.” All night long, he fed off the electrifying energy in the room with the support of his full, live-band behind him, and his loyal fans in front of him.
His homecoming show was just the beginning of what Mannywellz has in store for 2018. After his riveting performance, the DMV artist told VIBE about what he’s got in the stash to capitalize off the success of SoulFro. Along with his upcoming headlining tour, Manny plans to launch a short film series based on his music.
“We’re about to announce a headline tour soon and we’re getting ready to release some dope visuals. Keep an eye out for the ‘The Anthology.’ It’s a 7-part collection of short films each inspired by my music.”
While we wait for his next round of visuals, stream Mannywellz’ outstanding EP SoulFro below.