The gypsy music style of Manu Chao incorporates half a dozen languages and punk, salsa, chanson, ska, alternative, and raï influences. His laid back tour dates are often attended by hundreds of people, and his albums are praised by critics from countries where many people don't know about Chao. While Manu Chao's tours have found success in Europe and South America, he has yet to build a solid following in the US. Hopefully that will all change after the musician's handful of tour dates in 2011, which are coming to the States this summer.
Emigrating from Spain to France at a young age, Manu Chao soon became enamored with UK rock like The Clash and the alternative music scene in Paris. In 1987, Manu, his brother Antoine, and their cousin Santiago Casariego formed Mano Negro. The band scored a hit with their 1989 album, Puta's Fever, which was well received nearly everywhere but the US. Due to conflicts within the band on rigorous tour dates, Mano Negra disbanded in 1995, but remaining band members (including Manu) started a new band in Madrid with Manu Chao as the frontman and the backing band called Radio Bemba Sound System. With the group, he released hit records like Próxima Estación: Esperanza and La Radiolina. By this time, Chao had finally managed to generate a small following in the US, which led to a performance at Coachella in 2007.
Beginning on August 31, Manu Chao is performing a number of 2011 tour dates around the eastern United States. The small concert schedule will visit cities like New York, Boston, Miami, and Chicago, but unfortunately will end on September 13. Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch Manu Chao's US tour dates in 2011 and buy your tickets today.
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