Anand Mahangoe was born in Surinam - South America on the 8th of
January 1974. And to make it even more complicated, his ancestors
are from India! So, now that you know this, let's see how he
discovered the "Magic" Guitar!
At the age of 5, his family moved to Holland. When he
was 12 years old he had to study an instrument. Can you imagine, he
had to choose between a heavy guitar with 4 strings and a lighter
one with 6 strings. The guitar of his choice was the 6 string. It
was lighter and with 2 more strings it would have more
Fortunately he started to like this "machine". And
after fooling around for 7 years, he decided to do some serious
business with it. So he took for almost 2 years guitar lessons from
a great guitar player called Paul Menzing.… and then one day he saw
the light! This llight coming from Joe Satriani's Guitar, at a
concert in Holland! Anand immediately knew that this was [and still
is] his destination: to make Instrumental Guitar
Anand won the prize of
Best Guitar player of Holland
'96-'97 and then recorded his first cd called
A Man's Mind
, which was re-released by Lion Music in the
beginning of January 2005. After this debut Anand did some support
acts for Tony MacAlpine and others.
In August 2003 Anand releases his second album
Joy 4 Ever
on Lion Music. The instrumental tour-de-force recieved superb press
reviews from around the world with many comparing the release to the
finest Satriani output. The album saw performances from Derek
Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen)
backing up the classy fretwork from Anand.
As previously mentioned January 2005 saw Lion Music
Mind making it widely available to the public. This
re-release saw an sonic overhaul bring the production values right
up to date.
In 2006 Anand also appeared on the second Book of Reflections album Chapter II: Unfold the Future as guest soloist on three tracks.
Fans of exciting and melodic guitar work will want to
make Anand a priority.