In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Manas Itene, drummer for Michael Franti and Spearhead.

A native of Nigeria, Manas Itene started playing the drums when he was only eight years old.  His hard work and dedication to his craft allowed his dream of being a musician, which few in his village could understand, come to fruition many years ago.

He is a world-class drummer and singer for Michael Franti & Spearhead.  He has been part of the band for over 22 years.

In addition to his work with Michael Franti & Spearhead, he is a very talented solo artist as well. He just released his second solo album, titled, One Accord, which features the single, Be Yourself.

Manas has spent his life on tour, traveling the world sharing his incredible talent and passion for music.  His love of music is matched only by his love of connecting with people.

Click on either of the links below to listen to the conversation: