Manu Chao, singer, songwriter
Mano Negra
birth name: José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao

Manu Chao

June 26, 1961, Paris, France

Punk and reggae historian Vivien Goldman commented of his work, “I was writing about Good Charlotte and The Police. They adopted the trappings of punk. They aren’t bad groups, but the punk aspect is more manifested by somebody like Manu Chao. He's one of the punkiest artists out there I can think of. It's an inclusionary spirit that is punk.” ~ Wikipedia: Manu Chao ~ retrieved February 7, 2014 © Wikipedia

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Manu Chao ~ Próxima Estación: Esperanza (2001) ~ Ranked #474 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Globally, Chao had long been a Marley-size figure. But this gem gave Americans a taste of his wild-ass greatness. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

Mano Negra

Formed in 1986 from the remnants of the neo-rockabilly unit the Hot Pants, Mano Negra essentially consisted of vocalist Manu Chao, his trumpeter brother Tonio and drummer cousin Santiago Casiriego, Spanish natives who fused rock, rap, flamenco and rai to create a heady brew they dubbed ‘Patchanka,’ a name derived from a Spanish pejorative for dancehall music. Mano Negra's debut LP, also titled Patchanka, appeared in 1988, scoring the French indie hit ‘Mala Vida.’ The record's success led to a contract with Virgin, which in 1989 issued the group's sophomore effort Puta's Fever (Dominican slang for a sexually-transmitted disease caught from a prostitute), increasing the band's visibility abroad as well as establishing them as France's most popular alternative act. ~ Allmusic: Mano Negra ~ retrieved February 7, 2014 © Allmusic

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