Leslie Mandoki: "Everybody knows that egos kill music"
Hungarian Leslie Mandoki is bringing his star-studded Soulmates project to the UK for the first time, and is ready to fulfil his dream to play in what he calls “the heartland of prog rock"
To say that Leslie Mandoki has had an eventful life is to be a master of understatement. Born in communist Hungary, he dreamt of one day getting the chance to play with the musicians he listened to on smuggled cassette tapes. After escaping to Germany in 1975, he became a pop star and entered the Eurovision Song Context with the disco group Dschinghis Khan, before becoming a music producer working with the likes of Phil Collins and Lionel Richie. In 1992 he first assembled the Man Doki Soulmates, an ever-evolving supergroup that over the years has attracted the talents of Greg Lake, Jack Bruce, Ian Anderson, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern, Steve Lukather and stars from across the musical spectrum.