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Syssi Mananga

ABOUT ME

Multiple Award Winning singer-song writer, Syssi Mananga was revealed to the public with her first album "Retour aux Sources" (Back to Roots, 2013). With a fusion of musical styles at the crossroads of Kongo rhythms, jazz, soul, zouk and pop, the Congolese artist innovates with songs in Lingala, Lari, French, English and Spanish. Syssi’s songs reflect themes such as the pride for one’s origins, the absurdity of war through the eyes of a child soldier, the courage to stand for freedom, the need for respect for the environment, as well as love and forgiveness.
Throughout her musical career, Syssi has had the opportunity to work with musicians from Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Cap Verde, Tanzania, Kenya, Soudan, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. She is always open to new musical collaborations and adventures!
  • Community
  • Determination
  • Fairness
  • Making a difference
  • Peace
  • Respect
  • Curiosity
  • Fun
  • Happiness
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Love

My homepage

www.syssimananga.com

Cultural background

  • Belgium
  • Congo

PROJECT MUSIC

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6:40
Born Today
What emotions go through a migrant’s heart as they realize they are alone, far away from home? The amount of courage it takes to open their heart to a new life, find new love, and form new bonds is unfathomable, yet it's possible when strangers extend a compassionate hand amidst the affliction of having lost everything. They are Born Today, on the day they face their new life with new fears and dreams. This song is a cry for help that is full of hope and trust in the human spirit of love, compassion and empathy. It is a collaboration between musicians of very diverse cultural backgrounds as listed in the submission form. It features a powerful African voice, rich Celtic bagpipe cries, intricate Greek bouzouki, pensive piano, and a yearning Arabic cello all shining within a lush orchestral texture laced with percussive fusion flamenco heartbeats and a touch of electronics. We wanted to explore what a 'cry of hope' would sound like through aspects of music stemming from our own cultures as well as others. 'Born Today' is dedicated to Syrian musician Iyad Osman, who refused to carry a weapon in order to keep playing saz. A kind soul who loved mixing cultures in his music, he fled Syria only to die a year later as a result of a mistreated mild illness. He united the music community worldwide in happiness through his music, and bitter grief over his loss, despite their diverse political views.To Iyad, who is ‘Born Today', on the day he died, and the love he spread to the world.
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323 votes
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  • African
  • Arabic
  • Flamenco
  • Fusion
  • Instrumental
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Singer
  • Piano
  • Bouzouki
  • Cello
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Castanets
  • Duff
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Percussion
  • Tambourine
  • Bagpipe
  • Clarinet
  • Horn
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Congo
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Syrian Arab Republic
3:30
Hold my hand
Me and my friend Gigo from Heavy Machinery made a song and Sissi Mananga added her beautiful vocal and lirycs to it about the migrants in the world.Why is it that people have to leave their countries and suffer a migrant life? We hope that people will have a choice to live or leave their countries for a better life.
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16 votes
  • Easy Listening
  • Jazz
  • Jazz-Pop
  • Pop
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Electric piano
  • Guitar
  • Bass Drum
  • Duduk
  • Armenia
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • United States of America
4:08
NaWe
Years after letting her true love go because of family pressure, he is still the only one in her heart. If only she had stood up for him. If only she had fought for their incredible bond, if only she had tried to open their minds and hearts... Maybe they would have accepted him despite his difference, maybe they would be together today, maybe she could have been happy...
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48 votes
  • African
  • Fusion
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Clapped hands
  • Djembe
  • Percussion
  • Shekere
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • United States of America
2:49
I'll Make it
Falling in love is an amazing emotion. Finding your soulmate gives you strength, drive and audacity. Suddenly it's like everything is possible, like you can do anything. You're as light as a feather, you're flying high and the sky is the limit. The song is delivered in Lingala (Congo), IsiNdebele (Zimbabwe) and English. It s a panafrican collaboration uniting Syssi Mananga (Congo), Othnell (Zimbabwe) and Anewal (Niger).
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46 votes
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Djembe
  • Mbira / Sanza/ Thumb Piano
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • Niger
  • Zimbabwe
3:01
Mopepe
Mopepe means “Wind” in Lingala. The song is inspired by a female artist touring the world and touching people’s heart through her music. Travelling from place to place, unhindered by borders or language, her precious gift heals the souls, eases the minds, and lifts spirits up, just like the wind…
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14 votes
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bansuri
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • Switzerland
3:28
Earth
There is nothing more powerful than the friendship between women. As Alice Adams put it: "I think women know how to be friends. That's what saves our lives." This song is about being there for someone through the hardest times. "I'll be the rock behind your back and the earth beneath your feet".
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75 votes
  • Fusion
  • Jazz-Pop
  • Pop
  • R&B / Soul
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Whistling / Humming
  • Electric organ
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Violin
  • Djembe
  • Drum set
  • Congo
  • Russian Federation
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
3:38
Not Me
In the animal world, for many species it's the norm to be part of a flock or a pack, and function together for the common good of the group. What would it be like if we humans could also let go of our egos and all be part of the same team? We think there would be a big party! This song is about realizing you're not alone and embracing the joy of the shared experience of life. Featuring the joyful voice of Syssi Managa.
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152 votes
  • African
  • Pop
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Choir
  • Singer
  • Soprano
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Djembe
  • Dombak
  • Drum set
  • Congo
  • Kazakhstan
  • United States of America
4:21
Ne Rentre Pas
Nothing hurts more than being betrayed by the one you love. Going through the pain of a heartbreak, a woman wonders whether she can, should or will forgive... In West Africa, griots use Kora to tell stories of wisdom, at night under the stars. The beautiful kora translates the emotions of love, sadness, nostalgia, hope and doubts of our heroin, kept awake at night by the reminiscence of her lover's betrayal. The magical violins elevate the intensity and density of the song by carrying the weight her dilemma. The tale is told in French and in Lingala (Congo) and was recorded in Abidjan, West Africa, in the heart of the night...
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47 votes
  • African
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Kora
  • Violin
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Denmark
  • Mali
  • United States of America
4:52
Matumeini
Matumeini is a fusion of Brice's jazzy and Syssi's Afrofolk influences. It tells a common and heartfelt story of hope. Through tough times and circumstances of life, recieveing or giving love is the best way to prevail.
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469 votes
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  • African
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Belgium
  • Cameroon
  • Congo
7:40
Mama
Sasha: Spending some time researching the “Artists” section of the platform I came across absolutely fantastic voices of Sepideh, Syssi and Sharon. Touched by their beauty and power I’ve decided to create a piece that each one of them will have a part and absolute freedom of expression. Basically it stands on improvisations of the ladies and a melody that I have written as a “child song” inspired by the conceptual idea of “the mothers voice as the first human voice we all hear”. As this voices maybe vary from place to place - they are all creating the same feeling in us - love. This is our take on it. Please - enjoy.
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1089 votes
  • Dance / EDM
  • Electronic
  • World
  • Singer
  • Synthesizer
  • Drum machine
  • Belgium
  • Congo
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • Ukraine
  • Yemen
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