Über Manu Chao
Manu Chao became a well-known member of the Parisian alternative music scene, and in groups, such as Les Hot Pants and Los Carayos. In 1987, Chao, his brother Antoine Chao and their cousin Santiago Casariego founded the group Mano Negra. Mano Negra has seen success in France with the hit single “Mala Vida” and then went on a tour of South America. The band broke up in 1995.
He sings in French, Spanish, Arabic, Galician, Portuguese, English Wolof, and it is common that one song blends together multiple languages. It is one of the world’s best-selling artists, even though it is relatively little known in English speaking countries.
His music can feel the influence of many genres: rock, French “chanson”, the Spanish-Salsa, Reggae, Ska Algerian raï. These effects gained due to immigrants arriving in France, its relations with the Iberian peninsula and mainly due to his travels to Central America, where he was brought after the collapse of Mano Negra. Many Chaových lyrics are about love, life in the ghetto and immigration. It often occurs in them also some leftist message (he has, for example, very close to Zapatistickému movement).