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Maneli Jamal is a solo acoustic guitarist, whose unique style of playing and ability to connect with his audience transcends the age, culture and generational boundaries that limit the majority of mainstream music found today. Having dedicated himself to the exploration of acoustic guitar technique, Maneli has developed his own sound. Folk, Flamenco, and Persian modes combine with his own percussive technique creating a rich and unique voice on the guitar.

Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Maneli moved to the States in his adolescence, immigrating to Minnesota before relocating to Austin, Texas until his late teens. At this time, his family was issued a deportation letter by the immigration office, and they were forced to claim refuge in Canada within thirty days of receiving the notice. Taking literally only what they could fit in their hands, Maneli and his family arrived in Toronto after establishing their lives in Austin. It was at this time that Maneli got an acoustic guitar from his father, which has scarcely left his hands since.

Recently, he received first place in the online YouTube acoustic guitar competition for Faith Guitars.

Maneli will change the way you think of the acoustic guitar. He can make music on his own that four other competent guitarists couldn't produce. When you first witness a live performance, you'll find yourself staring at him trying to figure out if all that sound is really being produced by two hands.

http://www.manelijamal.com

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