You need flash!
no cover -  

Manu Chao

reggae latin alternative world ska

    Manu Chao (⋆ 21 June 1961 in Paris, France) is a French/Spanish , , and artist; well-known in the Paris alternative music scene before his international success with the band Mano Negra (active 1988-95). Well-known songs are 'Me Gustas Tu', 'Bongo Bong', 'Clandestino', 'Mr Bobby', and 'Je Ne'taime Plus'. Manu is one of the world's largest selling artists, but is less known in the English-speaking world. Much of his lyrics are about global political and social issues, but also about love, world's lifestyles, and music.

    - - -

    Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on 21 June 1961 in Paris, France) is a singer of French and Spanish (Basque, Galician) origin.

    Heavily influenced by the UK rock scene, particularly The Clash, The Jam and Dr. Feelgood, Chao and other musicians formed the Spanish/English rockabilly group Hot Pants in the mid-1980s. The group released a demo entitled "Mala Vida" in 1984, which received plenty of local critical praise but otherwise gained them little attention. By the time the group released their first album in 1986 the Parisian alternative music scene had taken flight, and Manu, his brother Antoine Chao, and friends such as Alain from Les Wampas formed Los Carayos to incorporate this sound with the rockabilly and punk styles of Hot Pants. Los Carayos remained a side project of the artists for eight years, releasing three albums in the first two years followed by a final album in 1994.

    Manu Chao had been a well-known member of the Parisian alternative music scene, in bands such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos. In 1987, Chao, his brother Antoine Chao and their cousin Santiago Casariego founded the band Mano Negra, which met with success in France first with the hit single Mala Vida and then Mexico, Central and South America, where the band toured. The band split in 1995.

    Chao sings in French, Spanish, Arabic, Galician, Portuguese, English, Italian, and Wolof, sometimes mixing them in the same song. He is one of the world's largest selling artists, but is less known in the English-speaking world.

    Chao's music has many influences: , French , Spanish-American , , and Algerian . These influences were obtained from immigrants in France, his Iberian roots and his travels in Latin America following the disbanding of Mano Negra. Many of Chao's lyrics are about political issues (e.g., immigration, global social justice, conflict, and a strongly leftist critique of exploitative economic globalization) but they are also about love, lifestyles in different parts of the world, and music itself, which is hopeful for the future and at the same time dramatic. Chao is openly critical of the Bush administration in the US. He has many followers among the European left and the anti-globalization movement.

    The influence of Manu Chao in Latin Rock or "Rock en Español" was crucial not only for the development and rise of new Latin bands that tried to emulate his eclectic style, but also for the self-knowledge of Latin America as a united culture. After the Latin America tour and travels, Manu Chao lyrics were more often written in Spanish than were the Mano Negra lyrics. His songs also took the lyrics or chords of some popular tunes like "El preso" from "Fruko y Sus Tesos" (in "Desaparecido") or "La Verdolaga" a traditional Colombian cumbia (in "Por el Suelo").

    Manu Chao's music does not follow a logical textual narrative, but in its eclectic construction it invokes a deeper understanding of its subject than any literal form could. He sings songs about the people of the streets, the outer provinces, and the marginalised; he sings with the forgotten and uncounted billions, the underclass, and in so doing, he speaks about the fragility of human kind. His music is a bridge, exploring the common ground and means of mutual understanding that are available to us, exponating the idea that beyond superfluous differences in cultural identity, we are all the same.

    Manu Chao ea6bfe93735b44fca011d09b3d7660c9 Manu Chao e0447eee71b5413a97024aa4f1ac267b Manu Chao 0c04a9530e1749b4a2b81b4d308cf274 Manu Chao 41a4440a21184c1fbc590101df9ea758 Manu Chao a1412728a0364ee9af655a7eed9ec7c1 Manu Chao b37005773bfe48d69b4c80bc9fc503d4 Manu Chao 508ed7442ea046958700130b945a22a7 Manu Chao b88b72810ea64a24a3f03dbdd0f00d9f Manu Chao 216ba4669be24675bf5f1a287285a855 Manu Chao 311d0766430044b7a903a96b306a05e0 Manu Chao 8d5d8ab66dbe447aa064c5e6d9e887e4 Manu Chao 5bc1280b011e4fe2b78b9e09ab36cc8d Manu Chao 85cdcc0e0b8e41fe914bc18a4f4fdc7a Manu Chao a57382702b0041279dacbf352a63f22a Manu Chao d3f02579afed409d96201d07acb467f3 Manu Chao 687e3960c351443286804aca4ad71d58 Manu Chao 6cc41e4f1b1c45d68173efe783b1f6f3 Manu Chao 1892cafdb432482cbd1e96ad7d67c020 Manu Chao a6d325ea4188476c96055764ce7a49c3 Manu Chao d8c4ce3ae70a4c56a330a808f8138b6d Manu Chao 122796dd364045f5a7823c71c4d2bbe6 Manu Chao a63f6a26592c49a4b0dd1ce39e591c60 Manu Chao 166bcfdd5a0f436381bc1df26496e42c Manu Chao a217d2b0843145828fc0c69c3f880dfa Manu Chao 4a8d247ace1b485e8655a2d854a7464d Manu Chao 76d3c6263ed54853b37e673df247204f Manu Chao 846405f7efbb4705a1e75d8995fbc2a1 Manu Chao bb815eff8a9c4ce9b06a89a67c587473 Manu Chao bd42c11af74a4890ad92c1f7c4a097b0 Manu Chao dba9f1c4edfc427ebb8e202a2b98cc65 Manu Chao a90dc7e8fd8346328cc7bde81fe1e38c Manu Chao e3aa629ff2a04078c03ac282ac8e3610 Manu Chao 980a6cc1d30e4377827116783f1cfaa5 Manu Chao 4ede65462bb24abc80935b812a591e9d Manu Chao 77669d7954ec4df9b3b2669eb1dcd46b Manu Chao bfbc2efa00544c378d6ce435b47df845 Manu Chao ba2dd9d6d63b47d387bff15f3591b489 Manu Chao f971f413088d4de4cd64e1217c1f94a6 Manu Chao fe434a32dc474a47ca9fe87c04ed13b2 Manu Chao abcbf7f1f2cd4b8ecb9315c3ff56e200