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Manu Chao

Manu Chao helped begin the Latin alternative movement way back in the '80s -- although it had no name then -- and in his later work he cut a cross-cultural swath across styles and geographic boundaries. Chao was born on June 26, 1961, in Paris to Spanish parents -- his father, Ramon Chao, a respected writer, comes from Galicia, his mother Bilbao. Growing up bilingual, he was also influenced by the punk scene across the English Channel that happened while he was still in his teens. As a teen he played in bands, including a rockabilly outfit called Les Hot Pants, which won local critical praise but never went anywhere before breaking up. After that, Chao and his cousin began Mano Negra, named for an anarchist organization that operated in Spain. They recorded their first single, "Mala Vida," for a small label, but its French success led them to a contract with Virgin -- something many early fans decried as selling out.

Multilingual and decidedly multicultural, but with an edge heavily influenced by the punk rock of the Clash, Mano Negra seemed comfortably at home anywhere, be it North Africa or North America, in their music. Operating as a collective, without a manager, wasn't the best way to guarantee international success, and their attempts to break the U.S. at the start of the '90s didn't work -- America simply wasn't ready for their musical ratatouille. However, Europe loved them, as did South America. In 1992 they began a seemingly odd tour of Latin America, traveling by boat with actors and a circus, playing in port cities on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides, aided and abetted by various political guerilla groups, which sometimes didn't sit well with governments. In 1995, Chao moved the band to Spain, where he also formed another outfit, Radio Bemba Sound System, employing both musicians from Mano Negra and outside, which, according to rumors, caused rifts within the ranks, leading to the split of Mano Negra.

Chao then returned to South and Central America, spending the next few years drifting around with his guitar and a four-track, recording here and there. The resultant collection of songs was released in 1998 (1999 in the U.S.) under the title Clandestino and included a reworking of the Mano Negra track "King of Bongo," which was picked up for use on the soundtrack to Madonna's The Next Big Thing. The album itself took off very slowly, but after a year was going stronger than ever, a sleeper that found its niche in the burgeoning Latin alternative scene (even though its lyrics freely mixed English and French along with the Spanish). In 2000 Chao played a rare pair of shows in Los Angeles, and in June 2001 released Proxima Estacion: Esperanza, which showed that his musical self had been spending the last couple of years soaking up the sounds of the Caribbean. This was further explored on Radio Bemba Sound System, a live recording done in 2002 that was taken from the tour following Proxima Estacion: Esperanza. In 2004 Chao released his first French-only album, Sibérie M'était Contéee, about Paris, and in 2007 Radiolina, the artist's first studio album in six years, came out. It was followed in 2009 by the release of another live album, Baionarena, and by further heavy worldwide touring, including a number of high-profile festival appearances. ~ Chris Nickson
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Ultima estacio; ESPERANZA!!! ! ! !
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Such beautiful music! The rhythm and movement. ...and the melody over that subtle harmony is just brilliant. Bravo!
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A musical genius that breaks through all race, religion and personal experiences. . . . Long live the King of the bongos.... Long live Latin America and the Caribbean... Long live amazing heartfelt music ..
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josemartinez 7 9 4 4 6
Manu Chao the Genius is awesome...
Live, is unbelievable .
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Verlo pronto seria un sueño. Bueno fuera nunca dejara de hacer musica
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IN THE SONG CALLED ME GUSTAS TU CHAO HIMSELF MUST HAVED USED THE BACKROUND MUSIC FROM SPONGEBOB OR EVERY EPISODE JUST BY ADVICE
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Que Hora Son En Washington,J a p a n Y China? Todo Los Pregunitas Son En El Cantson Que Se Allma La Primavera
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Hhaaa pero que hijo de p**a tan inteligente, a r t i s t i c o , a r m o n i o s o y lo mas importante tan humanitario. m y whole respect for this son of bish!!!
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Musicians don't come any better than Manu Chao!!!!!!!! !
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Love song wish you were brother
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Me gusta mariguana me gustas tu
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Calle sufrida, calle tristeza de tanto amar
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Man...Chao.. . Pescao means fish...Perez . . .
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Love this Kucking MusiK...
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Wen come,to Cleveland ? Please!!!!!
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Me Gustas Tu En El Madaviyoso Mundo De México! 7 De Febrero Del 2015
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Love you
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Cuando en NYC?...
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;) <3
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Loved you guys from day one. Love the metropolitan style, highly progressive lyrics and quirkiness.
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douglas.mora l e s
Suena muy bien. Have to brush up on my French. Te toi!
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Me gustas mucho,,,me gustas tu,,,tarde o temprano,,,s e r a s Musica,,,Mus i c a good
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love Molotov!!!!
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Great !
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The best - creative - powerful - I been in the concert and is even better...
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Cuando escucho esta cancion me relaja y me lleva a otro mundo me hace sentir muy bien
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Esta cancion cuando la escuche ME quede pus que chigados es eso. .pero esta buena la rola
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MARADONA :)
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Pandora no entiende a Manu Chao. Lo pone en un algoritmo con artistas que no son similares. Pandora does not get Manu Chao, it places in an algorithm with artists that are no similar.
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Q chingon maestro
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K horas son en Mi korazon me Gustas muxo TKM Nadya te Amo
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Me encants esta Rola!!!
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Me gusta mucho esta cansion desde bebita :)
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Me akuerda a D.F .mexico
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SUPER LOVE THIS SONG:)
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Manu chao ! Eres la pura neta •_•
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just started listening, me gustas mucho
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unidad!!!
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Arriva Tepito.!! Calle Rivero y Toltecas.!!
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MANU CHAO COME BACK TO BOSTON MASS, A$U
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Manu chau uno de los precursores, y uno de losgrandes del regge., son los idolos de la raza!!!.
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gladiatores
the latino cocheris progring its about time be side what is nationtion is going thouth not nutger bulieger war hard
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que vida tan loca y interesante ha vivido este man! what a wild , crazy, and interesting life ! yeeaa Manu Chao!
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