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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, Rovi
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Track List: La Vida Tombola EP

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The best - creative - powerful - I been in the concert and is even better...
Cuando escucho esta cancion me relaja y me lleva a otro mundo me hace sentir muy bien
Esta cancion cuando la escuche ME quede pus que chigados es eso. .pero esta buena la rola
MARADONA :)
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.
Q chingon maestro
K horas son en Mi korazon me Gustas muxo TKM Nadya te Amo
coniva77
Me encants esta Rola!!!
Me gusta mucho esta cansion desde bebita :)
Me akuerda a D.F .mexico
SUPER LOVE THIS SONG:)
Manu chao ! Eres la pura neta •_•
just started listening, me gustas mucho
unidad!!!
Arriva Tepito.!! Calle Rivero y Toltecas.!!
MANU CHAO COME BACK TO BOSTON MASS, A$U
Manu chau uno de los precursores, y uno de losgrandes del regge., son los idolos de la raza!!!.
gladiatores
the latino cocheris progring its about time be side what is nationtion is going thouth not nutger bulieger war hard
que vida tan loca y interesante ha vivido este man! what a wild , crazy, and interesting life ! yeeaa Manu Chao!
The best!!
forumtek
So relaxing
forumtek
So relaxing
Me encanta manuchao..
Cool ...
This song makes me think if so manyy deep thoughts :( Who else lol
Que no legusta a ese?
@naldojavier , ¿Enserio? Eso no esta bien pa que nesecitamos eso.
morales_paco
NALDOJAVIER, WHAT AN IDIOT, THIS IS A PLACE TO LISTENG GOOD MUSIC NOT FOR THAT STUPIDIEST THINGS, GET A LIFE YOU IDIOT, SE QUE ME ENTIENDES NO SEAS ESTUPIDO Y BUSCA OTRO LUGAR DONDE ESCRIBIR TUS ESTUPIDECES, IDIOTA.
Naldojavier STFU !!! I see this kind of s**t everytime on facebook so STFU and enjoy the music f**got !!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works

dawnalbat
que alegria me da esta cancion
Great stuff to listen to....even for a white boy from Indiana.
a una ciudad del norte me fui a trabajar y te vi en Washington son los mejores ,los amo
homemedina
me fascina!!
No todo lo que es oro brilla, pero si que brilla Manu Chao!! Me Gusta Manu Chao, Me Gustas tu.
Proxima estacion??? Proxima estacion??? Esperanza!!! ! Nos veremos por la carretera Manu.
La vida es una tombola manu!!!
berenisepuli d o
Je nais pa
MΣ GUSTΔ MΔRIHUΔΠΔ MΣ GUSTΔS TU ❤
Been a follower since '96. Awesome! My go to Relaxation music.
lalocarabes
Cool i love ur music manu chao
rossmann
Que onda Manu? Te adoro- xoxo
Manu!!!!!! Eres lo máximo
rigoberto_r7 9
This song got me through my grad studies...A great stress reliever;)
luzyinthezky
2006 Berkeley fue inolvidable, t o d a una aventura para ir a verte MAnu !!!
rodribani_1
Me encanta ;)
I saw him live last year here in Phoenix AZ the show was against the racist sheriff ARPAIO 's and let me tell you that was one of the best concerts I have ever been to! El clandestino! ; )
rmejia945
Such a great artist. Let the revolution live!
just say you love this song.
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