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Manella Productions was formed in 2019 by André Manella with the goal to make it easier for anyone to find the perfect live music for their events.

André is a musician and songwriter who also manages his own 4 original bands. He is part of the indie pop band “Sonic Delusion”, the folk trio Turkey The Bird, the large Latin/afrobeat/funk band “Banana Mundo”, and techno jazz duo Ed Pool. He’s played more than 1000 shows in the past 10 years, touring extensively in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and released 8 albums. 

The Swiss-Kiwi made Taranaki his home and is very passionate about the local music scene. He has set up countless regular sustainable live gigs in bars and venues all around Taranaki. 

He also creates other opportunities for local musicians to refine and grow their talent, such as running pop up recording studios, offering multi camera live stream shows, and hosting “Ngā Waiata Poipoia”, which are music career development weekends to nurture sustainable music careers around Aotearoa.   


André hosts the well established monthly event “Singer Songwriters New Plymouth” at the Little Theatre. An event that allows anyone to perform their original song in front of a large attentive audience in a professional environment.

Another regular event is the monthly “Taranaki Songwriting Circle”, that offers any songwriter the opportunity to get constructive feedback on their songs from fellow songwriters.  

And with the “Pop Up Gigs”, André hosts touring artists for intimate house concerts around Taranaki.

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