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Manu Chao

A bio that highlights the band's social and cultural relevance.
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Jason Beck

on 9 December 2011

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Transcript of Manu Chao

Manu Chao http://www.manuchao.net/ José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao aka Manu Chao
was born in Paris, France in 1961. Life Music Much of his music is a blend of multicultural styles, ranging from British Punk and New Wave to Latin American Salsa, Reggae and Ska. Manu Chao has formed and toured with several bands since the mid 80s. yo! check this out! His grandfather had been sentenced to
death under the facist regime. The variety of culture that surrounded him during his childhood and the social injustice he experienced has helped to inspire many of his songs throughout his career. Hot Pants Mano Negra Radio Bemba Sound System is Cuban slang for "rumor mill."
The word-of-mouth system used by Che Guevara's rebels to communicate with each other in the early days of the Cuban Revolution. Radio Bemba Manu Chao - Desaparecido yo!
check this out! Manu Chao - La Libertad acustica Freedom and Justice
for Atenco May 3, 2006 In the city of Atenco, police barricaded the public market to keep flower venders from selling their wares. Demonstrators, who protested the police blockades, were met with harsh violence, and eventually the blockade erupted into an onslaught of military force. Police beat and raped countless individuals, ransacked homes, even beat dogs trying to protect their masters. http://www.casacollective.org/story/analysis/massacre-atenco-violence-politics-and-other-campaigns-mexico works cited The Committee for Freedom and Justice for Atenco was formed in December 2001 to persuade the Mexican government to release the prisoners still held captive today. Manu Chao, who spoke out against the government repression, was threatened with deportation since he was a foreigner. Many of his shows in Mexico were cancelled. http://grrrachmexico.blogspot.com/2009/03/political-latino-music.html His parents, who were political activists, had immigrated from Spain to escape from Francisco Franco's dictatorship. segue... As a global musician, Manu Chao "frequently plays political gigs too, from the G8 in Genoa to the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre" (Reyes). He has performed shows for workers petetioning for fair conditions and also for prisoners, much like Johnny Cash, who performed in San Quentin and Folsom Prison.
Manu Chao has also been compared to Bob Dylan, whose
music spoke out against the civil rights violations of the
1960s. http://www.redpepper.org.uk/manu-chao-the-neighbourhood-singer/ "That's my culture, that's my education. My mother gave
me that education. My father
and mother were activists,
so from when I was a kid I
know about that."
- Manu Chao The next day, between 3 and 6 thousand federal riot police raided the city, and arrested anybody within sight. As a result of the brutality, 2 innocent civilians were killed, 207 men and women were arrested, and dozens were either wounded, pursued or taken. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ManuChao As an act of solidarity with the people of Atenco, Manu Chao joins with other musicians annually to demand for an inquisitions into the corrupt Mexican police force, who still have not paid for their crimes. Manu Chao continues to
fight for the rights of the
victims of social injustice
and oppression through the message in his music and the influence of his voice. The Although Manu Chao
tours as a solo artist,
Radio Bemba is currently his backing band. http://www.honeybird.net/wsf.html http://www.sterneck.net/musik/chao-music/index.php "I gain musical inspiration because that's my job. I get political and social inspiration because everywhere I go things are not going OK.
If everything was going
OK I would not do political
things - I would just make
music. But you have to react."
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