The Man From Managra? That suggests a location, but turns out it's based on fantasy. An island in the Mediterranean or Indian Ocean swallowed by the sea after a volcanic eruption, leaving just the man? Yes, sure. Mangara is the title of a Doctor Who novel though I found. So like The Tallest Man On Earth is not, Coti K. is not from Managra.
Coti K. is the musician behind King Time. Other musicians played on the album as well. Panos Galanis (drums), Rena Rasouli (backing vocals), Lambrini Grigoriadou (fifth bass and tenor guitar) and Thaleia Ioannidou (trumpet). Together with Σtella he sings 'Tonight', one of the finer songs of the album. King Time is the third album by The Man From Managra after the self-title debut in 2014 and 'Half A Century Sun' from 2017.
King Time is an album that intrigued me from the very first seconds. Somehow The Man From Managra manages to manoeuvre through the light while obviously moving through darkness. King Time is not so much an unhappy album, as a serious one. The lyrics are the reflection of a search for truth and knowledge and the music underscores this quest. It is here that King Time becomes so interesting as the music is allowed to go off into different directions, making the album, within limits, varied.
|Promo photo: Freddie Faulkenberry|
The album starts as simple as 'Set Sail' does further on. Just an electric guitar over which Coti K. sings. Rasouli enters for some doo-wah-diddies and there's a song that starts meandering away from its simple origins within the minute. Slowly the song keeps changing, e.g. through the directness when the drums enter. The doo-doo part works here too. Such a pleasant opener 'Sing Your Heart Out' is.
|Promo photo: Martha Gian|
Move deeper into King Time, passed the beautiful 'Tonight', and you will find that The Man From Managra does not falter and keeps up the quality he starts out with, surprising with the changes in the arrangements and instruments. A minor change already works like a miracle on King Time.
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