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Manalishi - performing at Q.E. II Park
Arnie van Bussel (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Paul van Bussel (Drums/Percussion/Vocals), Ken Ackroyd(Lead Guitar) and Peter van Bussel (Bass Guitar)

Arnold and Peter had played together for four years, the first band being a group called Flood Country, a five-piece pop outfit.  In 1971 the group lost two of its members after a year's gigging, and was renamed Flood, a three-piece lineup with Paul Soper on drums.  Although pop was still the group's financial subsistence, 1971 saw much experimentation in the un-commercial art of heavy rock, which was practised strictly at home.  The 1972 rock, jazz and blues all had a direct influence on Flood and much improvisation came to the fore.  Toward the end of 1972 Paul van Bussel, who had already been practising drums for a year, did a few vocal stints in the group but was replaced early on in 1973 by Rob Gray, who became Flood's lead vocalist until the group disbanded in 1974.&mbsp; Manalishi emerged soon after, with quite a shuffling round of various musicians and vocalists until the final lineup evolved.  The band remained a part-time affair with Arnie, Peter and Paul studying part-time whilst working full-time jobs.