Percussionist Manos

Manos is a well known percussionist and is the headline percussionist for Hed Kandi. Having cut his teeth on the club circuit and in the studio, he is in demand across the globe and is equally at home playing a set alongside Platinum DJs for Weddings, Corporate Events and Product Launches. Indeed, Manos was chosen to play for the Platinum DJs Director’s 40th Birthday. Very technically skilled and with such versatility in styles he can play to any music genre from cheesy disco to the latest club anthems.

Percussionist Manos currently performs & produces percussive beats across a selection of his favourite styles Latin Jazz, Salsa, Jazzfunk, Funk, Urban and World Music & Fusion.

“Studying with Robin Jones has enhanced my understanding of Latin music tremendously & I aim to keep expanding my knowledge of Afro Cuban rhythms and develop my playing.”

Since 2001 Manos has been studying Afro Cuban rhythms & Latin Music such as Marcha, Son Montuno, Danzon, Bolero, Acaballo, Charanga, Bembe, Rumba (Guaguanco, Columbia & Yambu), Mozambique (Cuban & New York Style) & Conga and continues to develop with further studies into Cuban Toques (which include Bata Drums) and rhythms such as Guarapachangeo.

“This music is infectious and the rhythms contagious, I’m so grateful to be experiencing this journey of exploration and my appreciation goes to all the great congueros who paved the way”

Percussion influences are Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, Nino Alfonzo, Candido Camero, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdes, Ray Baretto, Mongo Santamaria, Giovanni Hildalgo, Airto Moreira, Tito Puente.

More recently such greats as Master Percussionist Robin Jones, Ravin ‘RAZ’ Jayasuriya, Snowboy, David Pattman, Crispin Robinson and Pete Lockett.

Since turning professional in 2000 Manos has clocked up a vast amount of gigs all over the UK and abroad across a variety of entertainment platforms:

Live Circuit:
Barcelona, Croatia, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Athens, Guiltiest, Floridita, Cafe de Paris, Mau Mau’s, Movimientos, Jazz Refreshed, Nottinghill Arts Club, Inn on the Green, Hootananny, Babalou, Lounge on the Farm, Prince Albert (Brighton), Living Room (Islington), Monkey Chews, Bar Music Hall, Under One Sky Festival and a range of many other London Venues.

Manos has performed live with ‘DeLatin Sound’, ‘Butcherd Beats’, ‘Kelli Leigh’, ‘Ki’ & ‘Hepcats’. Percussionist Manos has also had the pleasure of performing live with the Vince Dunn Band, Portugirl Beat Company, Illusive, Sunharbour and Beats Estatic. Manos has performed with Kelly Marie (Shapeshifters) from the Hepcats.

At the start of Manos’ career he experimented with Dance Music & worked all over the UK and abroad for many of the best known events, such as:

Dance Scene:

Brixton Academy


Hed Kandi


Ministry of Sound

Miss Moneypenny’s


Turnmills & The Cross


Gatecrasher – Space (Ibiza)

God’s Kitchen (Ibiza)

Indigo (Istanbul)

Twice as Nice (Ibiza)


Percussionist Manos performed with many of the worlds best know DJ’s such as:

Alex P

Alistair Whitehead

Brandon Block

Hoxton Whores

Jermeny Healy

Judge Jules

Lisa Lashes

Lisa Loud

Sister Bliss

Soul Avengerz


Tall Paul

Warren Clarke and many more!

Butcherd Beats

One of Manos’ favourite bands is namely ‘BUTCHERD BEATS’ . London based Musician, Producer and DJ ‘Butcherd Beats’ has thrown his life experiences, emotions and vivid imagination into his music, with influences spanning World Music, House , Drum & Bass and Jazz he has prepared a musical journey full of eclectic funky urban beats. The Butcher has been working with other artists and musicians producing remixes for people such as Daniel & Natasha Bedingfield, Mark Morrison, Sophie Ellis Bextor, KI, and XL Records under alias ‘Tokori’ for Adele and The Magistrates. Recent Collaborations see’s him together with the No.1 DJ in Croatia DJ Joe 2 Shine, the UK’s finest soulful jazzy funky singers Kelli-Leigh and Ama, Wizdom from Green Jade and Manos (Beats de Vyne).

De Latin Sounds

The Vinyl Gibbon (aka David Elliott) is a Brighton based musician who creates jazz with a twist. He has been producing music for over 10 years using a mix of real piano and synthesizers blended with world instruments and percussion. Influenced by Jazz and World Music he creates a smooth down-tempo sound with a diverse experimental approach. Inspired by his many journeys around the world, he brings a subtle ambience into the music, such as the sounds of Bali and jungle noises from the Costa Rican rainforest.

De Latin Sounds includes:

David Elliott (TVG) – keys, beats, bass, synths, percussion, production, inspiration & motivation, Sanna Hartfield – Vocals & lyrics, Carla Viegas – Vocals & Lyrics, Vince Dunn – Drums, Alberto Limonta Perez – Conguero, Lele Bizzoca – Guitar, Nixon Rosembert – Bass, Aaron Liddard – Saxophone & Flute & Cream Horns – Brass, Manos Felice – Cuban Bongos, Campana & Percussion.

Delatin Sound also engage the talents of a variety of guest musicians including;
Robin Jones – Bongo & Campana, Kelli Leigh – vocals, Trevor Mires – Trombone, Paul Taylor – Trombone, Suzy Gee – Sax, Matt Telfer – Sax, Eustace Williams – Bass, Jeremy Attwood – Bass, Andy Pickett – Sax, John Styles – Sax, Andy Ferguson – Flute, Charlie Mount – Sax.


Bands and Artists performed with:

Aaron Liddard – SAXOPHONE (Amy Winehouse)
Aki – Percisson (Sarajevo Orchestra)
Alberto Limonta Perez – Conguero (Clave Y Guaguanco)
Beats Estatic – African Drumming Band
Butcherd Beats – Urban Funk Band
Carla Viegas – Vocalist
Cat von Trapp – Vocalist
Chris Redwood – Bass Guitar
Cuttie Williams – Vocalist (the Allstars)

Danny Carpenter – Trumpet (Sunburst Band)
Dean Oram – Percussion (Marilyn David)
Delatin Sound – Fresh, Cuban Funk Fusion
Duncan Mackay – Trumpet
Elle Gracie – Vocalist
Gary Barnicle – Saxophone (Jamiroquai)
Gee Bello – Percussion (Light of The World)
Gordon Edge – Trumpet (Subliminal)

Hepcats – Roots Music/ Pop
Illusive – Neo Soul Band
Izzy B – Trumpet (IBP Music)
Jay on Drums – Percussion
Jimmy Martinez – Bass Guitar (Snowboy)
Kelli Leigh – Vocalist (KI)
Kelly Marie Smith – Vocalist (Shapeshifters)
Kevin Davy – Trumpet (Lamb/Adam F/KDQ)
Kevin Reynolds – Saxophone (KRMB Management)

Mee – Electric Violin (Mee Music)
Nixon Rosembert – Bass (Mariah Carey)
Phil G – Drums (Sharlene Henderson)
Pino Trono – Drums (Percussity)
Portugirl Beat Co – Latin House / Brazilian Beats
Rob Hughes – Saxophone & Flute
Robin Berlyn – Percussion (Bongo Massive/ Prodigy)
Ryan Martin – Dryums (Rock Salt & Nails)
Sanna Hartfield – Vocalist
Sarai Jazz – Vocalist
Scott Brooker – Saxophone
Sheryl Deane – Vocalist (Neo Records)
Simon Kusnierek – Guitar/Keys
Sol – Bass Guitar
Sunharbour – Electronic Orchestra
Vince Dunn – Drums (Roy Ayers)
Vinyl Gibbon – Keyboards (DeLatin Sound)
Yaw Asumadu – Master Percussionist