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DOSSIER March 2001
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Manu Chao was born in Paris in 1961 to a Galician father and a Basque mother. As he himself says, if in his home there had been a football, now he would be playing soccer, but there was a guitar, instead...as well as many refugees : intellectuals, singers, composers, painters...all fleeing south American dictatorships. Those were frequent visitors to his father, Ramón.

Joint de Culasse, Hot Pants, Los Carayos, are the first bands formed by Manu, with which he began to mark his present in the Parisian scene. The real music earthquake, however, was undoubtedly the Mano Negra, whose contribution to multicultural and fiesta music has left indelible marks and influenced a huge numbers of bands that came later.

After the break-up of Mano Negra during their Colombian adventure, Manu created Radio Bemba: more of a group of friends than a collectivity of musicians. They settled into a building (occupying one floor) of the Gran Via in Madrid. The "community" initiative did not work out all that well, so Manu decided to leave Europe and begin a long pilgrimage through Africa and Latin America, taking along a recording studio that would fit in his rucksack.
Such trips (his interviews with Eduardo Galeano in the Brazilian NortheasT impressed him so much that he considered publishing a book with Zona de Obras) allowed him to collect fragments of sounds, cultures and diverse impressions which he brought together in his first solo work: Clandestino.
Recorded with the collaboration of many friends, this intimate record was conceived as a compilation of life snapshots not meant for a larger public.
Its more than two million copies sold without any sort of promotion were to prove the contrary. Melancholy rhythms, love poetry and melodies that lure the hearer into dance follow each other without pause in this unique album, which rose unexpectedly to a place of utmost importance in the musical panorama.

But this was not enough for Manu.
Now based in Barcelona, he brought together new (Caravanne des Quartier) and old (Mano Negra) friends and soon Radio Bemba began to rehearse, going out into the streets again. It was probably during the "Feira das Mentiras" a huge fiesta organized in his paternal Galicia during the France World Cup that he recovered the desire to come back to the scene "with all his heart".
With two tours through Lost America and a larger number of unofficial than of official concerts, Manu turned a quiet-sounding album into a gigantic fiesta , mixing Mano Negra songs loved by the public with reminiscences from Los Carayos, adaptations of merengue classics and many new tunes with a constant message of optimism and hope delivered with incredible energy on stage.

Records [up]
Clandestino   Clandestino
   1998 Virgin - Album

...Próxima Estación... Esperanza   ...Próxima Estación... Esperanza
   2001 Virgin - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Radio Bemba Sound System   Radio Bemba Sound System
   2002 Virgin - Live
   buy it at iTunes
Babylonia en Guagua   Babylonia en Guagua
   2002 Virgin - DVD
Siberie M'Etait Contéee   Siberie M'Etait Contéee
   2004 Radio Bemba - EP
Siberie M'Etait Contéee   Siberie M'Etait Contéee
   2004 Radio Bemba - CD + Book
Rainin in Paradize   Rainin in Paradize
   2007 Because Music - EP
La Radiolina   La Radiolina
   2007 Because Music - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Politik Kills   Politik Kills
   2008 Because Music - Remixes
   buy it at iTunes
Baïonarena   Baïonarena
   2009 Because Music - Double CD + DVD

Main contributions [up]
Gora Herria   Negu Gorriak: Gora Herria
   1991 - EP

Dale Aborigen   Todos tus Muertos: Dale Aborigen
   1992 Gora Herriak - Album
Hipokrisiari Stop! Bilbo 93-X-30   Negu Gorriak: Hipokrisiari Stop! Bilbo 93-X-30
   1994 Esan Ozenki - Live
O Samba Poconé   Skank: O Samba Poconé
   1996 - Album
Automatik Kalamity   Anouk: Automatik Kalamity
   1997 Virgin - Album
El Poder de Machín   Amparanoïa: El Poder de Machín
   1997 Edel - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Brigadistak Sound System   Fermin Muguruza: Brigadistak Sound System
   1999 Esan Ozenki - Album
Identities   Idir: Identities
   1999 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Feria Furiosa   Amparanoïa: Feria Furiosa
   1999 Edel - Album
Me Cago en el Amor   Tonino Carotone: Me Cago en el Amor
   1999 Virgin - Single
   buy it at iTunes
Brazuca Matraca   Wagner Pá & Brazuca Matraca: Brazuca Matraca
   2000 Organic Records - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Radical Mestizo dos punto mil   Radical Mestizo dos punto mil
   2000 Revelde Discos - Compilation
Fuerza Vol.1   Fuerza Vol.1
   2000 Virgin - Compilation
Me Voy con el Gusto   Lumbalú: Me Voy con el Gusto
   2001 Ventilador Music - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Digital Mestizo   Digital Mestizo
   2001 Revelde Discos - Double Compilation
Los Guachos   Karamelo Santo: Los Guachos
   2001 Benditas Producciones - Album
   buy it at iTunes
La Colifata   La Colifata
   2002 - Compilation
Barcelona Zona Bastarda   Barcelona Zona Bastarda
   2002 Organic Records - Double Compilation
Il y a un Pays... Palestine   Il y a un Pays... Palestine
   2003 - Compilation
Per Palestina   Per Palestina
   2003 - Compilation
Dimanche à Bamako   Amadou & Mariam: Dimanche à Bamako
   2004 All Other - Album
   buy it at iTunes
RadioChango Añejo Reserva vol.I   RadioChango Añejo Reserva vol.I
   2005 RadioChango - Compilation
A Bush no le va a gustar   A Bush no le va a gustar
   2006 - Compilation
Ma Yela   Akli D: Ma Yela
   2006 Because Music - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Mariatchi Boogie   Mariatchi Boogie
   2006 - Compilation
A Per Loca   A Per Loca
   2006 - Compilation
pA/Ris-Casbah   El Gafla: pA/Ris-Casbah
   2006 Demain La Veille - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Cacería   Go Lem System: Cacería
   2006 K Industria - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Al Carrer!   La Pegatina: Al Carrer!
   2007 - Album
   buy it at RadioChango
Suonoglobal   Roy Paci & Aretuska: Suonoglobal
   2007 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Milakabilaka   Fermin Muguruza: Milakabilaka
   2007 - Single
Ciao Mortali   Tonino Carotone: Ciao Mortali
   2008 - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Asthmatic Lion Sound Systema   Fermin Muguruza: Asthmatic Lion Sound Systema
   2008 Talka Records - Album
   buy it at iTunes
RadioChango Añejo Reserva 7 Años   RadioChango Añejo Reserva 7 Años
   2008 - Double Compilation
   buy it at RadioChango
Checkpoint Rock   Checkpoint Rock
   2009 Talka Records - Sound Track
Ça Chante   Smod: Ça Chante
   2009 Because Music - EP
Smod   Smod: Smod
   2010 Because Music - Album
   buy it at iTunes
Lucha Amada - Musika Rebelde   Lucha Amada - Musika Rebelde
   2011 - Double Compilation
Radar FM 1999.2013   Fermin Muguruza: Radar FM 1999.2013
   2013 - Remixes
Locos al Galope! Colifata vol. 22   Locos al Galope! Colifata vol. 22
   2013 - Album

News [up]
  03.04.2013: Manu Chao La Ventura à la Fête du Printemps, à L'Hospitalet (Français)
  03.04.2013: Manu Chao La Ventura actuará en las Fiestas de Primavera de L’Hospitalet (Castellano)
  03.04.2013: Manu Chao La Ventura actuarà a les Festes de Primavera de L’Hospitalet (Català)
  06.03.2013: Manu Chao tocará en el Festival Reperkusión en Ourense el 11 de mayo (Castellano)
  22.12.2011: La bio ilustrada de Manu Chao por Wozniak (Castellano)
  22.12.2011: La bio illustrée de Manu Chao par Wozzzzzniak enfin disponible! (Français)
  14.10.2011: Recopilatorio Lucha Amada - Musica Rebelde (Castellano)
  14.10.2011: Compilation Lucha Amada
  09.09.2011: 9.9.11 a las 00h00 escucha tres canciones del live de Manu Chao en Creil (Castellano)
  09.09.2011: 9.9.11 à minuit; écoutes 3 titres live exclu Manu Chao (Français)
  05.09.2011: Radio Alter On The Road Communications (Castellano)
  19.04.2010: La Mano sans Manu... (Français)
  18.12.2009: Calendario RadioChango 2010 & RadioChango Añejo Reserva 7 Años (Castellano)
  30.10.2009: Radio Alter On The Road Communications (Italiano)
  07.08.2009: Jornada 'Barcelona Postiza' a FNAC LOUNGE (Català)
  07.08.2009: Jornada 'Barcelona Postiza' en FNAC LOUNGE (Castellano)
  29.07.2009: Manu Chao pide "la voluntad" por su último álbum 'La Colifata' (Castellano)
  08.06.2009: Manu Chao actuarà al Cruïlla de Cultures el 4 de juliol (Català)
  29.04.2009: CHECKPOINT ROCK - Canciones desde Palestina (Castellano)
  31.03.2009: Radio Alter on the Road Communications, el libro de Paula Pitzalis (Castellano)
  23.09.2008: Manu Chao en el Foro Alicia: Estación México (Castellano)
  03.09.2008: Recopilatori RadioChango Añejo Reserva 7 Años (Català)
  03.09.2008: Recopilatorio RadioChango Añejo Reserva 7 Años (Castellano)
  15.07.2008: In viaggio con don Gallo, Libro + DVD (Italiano)
  21.06.2008: Disco Homenaje a Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (Castellano)
  27.05.2008: Presentazione "RADIO ALTER ON THE ROAD COMMUNICATIONS" (Italiano)
  22.05.2008: Kusturica me dio el respeto que toda persona necesita (Castellano)
  15.05.2008: Manu Chao ofrece en Sant Cosme un concierto para el barrio organizado con la entidad GATS-RadioChango (Castellano)
  08.05.2008: MANU CHAO presenta POLITK KILLS REMIXES EP (Castellano)
  03.08.2007: RadioChango à ESPERANZAH! (Français)
  03.08.2007: RadioChango en ESPERANZAH! (Castellano)
  10.07.2007: ESPERANZAH! 2007: Soirée « spéciale » Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System - SOLD OUT ! (Français)
  01.06.2007: Exposición fotográfica en el Ateneu Popular 9Barris (Castellano)
  01.06.2007: Exposició fotogràfica en el Ateneu Popular 9Barris (Català)
  15.03.2007: Clandestin, remix du Matanzas... (Français)
  18.06.2006: A PER LOCA MUSICAL (Castellano)
  18.06.2006: Concierto Manu Chao Nou Barris - Entradas agotadas (Castellano)
  04.04.2006: Fotografía musical en el BAHÍA (Castellano)
  04.04.2006: Fotografia musical al BAHIA (Català)
  08.11.2005: Comunicado Manu (Castellano)
  25.08.2005: Retrouvez la Radio Esperanzah 2005 en ligne (Français)
  06.08.2005: Interview Manu Exclu Estacion actual Esperanzahhh (Français)
  28.07.2005: Live For Life - G8 (Français)
  28.07.2005: Live For Life - G8 (Castellano)
  10.06.2005: CRONICAS DE ROCK MESTIZO - Música sin papeles (Castellano)
  07.04.2005: José Couso: 2 años de lucha (Castellano)
  17.09.2004: Nuevo libro-CD de Manu Chao y Wozniak (Castellano)
  18.03.2004: Un inédit de Manu dans la compilation de soutien au réseau Ras l’front (Français)
  25.01.2004: Nouveau livre sur Manu Chao (Français)

Forum [up]
  The Forum for Manu Chao

Interviews [up]
  Intervista con MANU CHAO - 07/2006 (Italiano)
  Los Indios de Barcelona contra el Sherif del Ayuntamiento - 09/2002 (Castellano)
  Les indiens de Barcelone contre le sheriff de la mairie - 09/2002 (Français)
  Gli "Indios de Barcelona" contro lo sherif del comune - 09/2002 (Italiano)
  "I'm at the best moment of my creative life" - 09/2002
  "Sono nel miglior momento della mia vita creativa" - 09/2002 (Italiano)
  "Je suis au meilleur moment de ma vie creative" - 09/2002 (Français)
  "Estoy en el mejor momento de mi vida creativa" - 09/2002 (Castellano)
  Conferenza stampa di Manu Chao a Cagliari - 07/2001 (Italiano)
  AUDIO: Interview avec Manu Chao - 08/2005 (Français)
  AUDIO: Interview - 09/2001 (Français)

Extras [up]
  MANU CHAO Live in ROMA 2006 - 07/2006 (Italiano)
  Con un hasta siempre se despidió Manu Chao de Caracas - 03/2006 (Castellano)
  In viaggio con Manu Chao, intervista a Marco Mathieu - 04/2003 (Italiano)
  Toulouse: Festival Ça Bouge Encore - 09/2001 (Français)

Videos [up]
  04.2010: Manu Chao et Les Ogres de Barback
  05.2008: Manu Chao Politik Kills
  05.2008: Manu Chao & Radio Bemba en Sant Cosme, 13/5/08
  10.2007: Videoclip: Manu Chao - Me Llaman Calle
  07.2007: Videoclip: Manu Chao - "Rainin in Paradize", by Kusturica
  06.2006: Concierto Pro Chiapas: Manu Chao, Amparanoia y Obrint Pas

Photos [up]
  La Ventura en la Salamandra, mayo 2010
  Manu Chao & Radio Bemba - Sant Cosme 13.5.2008
  Festival Espantapitas 31.8.2007
  Esperanzah! 2007
  Musicarios 2007
  Salut à toi: Firminy 14/9/2006
  Déjà Vu, Barcelona, octubre 2005
  Entrevista Colifata 2002
  La Faktoria d'Arts - Terrassa 2001

Contact & Management [up]
120 boulevard Rochechouard
75018 Paris - France
Tel : (+33) 1 49 25 82 82
Fax : (+33) 1 42 23 67 04

Artists related [up]
  Join the Culasse
  Hot Pants
  Los Carayos
  Mano Negra
  Radio Bemba

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