The Earth shall shake and the serpents will dance, for Mansion of Snakes is here.
Mansion of Snakes is a 12 piece behemoth playing earth-shaking afrobeat, devil-funk and
cosmic jazz. Fronted by blazing horns and backed by pounding percussion and bass, the band
fuses the influences of Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti with Pharoah Sanders,
Funkadelic and a punk energy.
In March 2017 the band released their eponymous EP into the wild, followed by a season of
incendiary festival shows at Shambala, Greenman Festival, Kendal Calling and
Smugglers Festival and gigs including Brixton Hootananny and The Magic Garden in
London, The Jam Jar and The Canteen in Bristol, The Wardrobe and The Brudenell
Social Club in Leeds.
Searing horns and afro-funk bass conjure up a police chase from Lagos to Brazil on new
single ‘Mating Season’, as guitar solos duel with furious latin percussion. Released on 7”
vinyl in April 2018 on the Come Play With Me label, the track has had repeated plays on
BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing.
The Leeds afrobeat/cosmic jazz warriors are now in the studio honing razor sharp riffs and
politically slanted lyrics for a new album and a new season of gigs, following the well-
trodden path of afrobeat, jazz and punk as protest music.
Ignore the Zodiac Calendar. This is the Year of the Snake.
“Unbelievable sounds. Totally irresistible”- BBC Introducing
“A frantic and fantastic devil-funk sermon” – Independent Leeds
“Hard-hitting afrobeat…cosmic jazz, dirty funk and punk energy” – DJ Lubi, Soul Rebels
“Beyond excited to be releasing a track with this ridiculously talented outfit”- Tony Ereira,
Come Play With Me