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Album Review

The French hip-hop collective Manau may take a little inspiration from the American rap scene, but they fashioned a great sound solely from indigenous French music. From the infectious harmonica driving the opener "Tout le Monde..." to the accordion punch of the title track, the group salutes their heritage but never devolve into gimmicky tracks. Manau also conjures a smooth, sensual groove for "Je Jazz les Couleurs," featuring American expat Dee Dee Bridgewater. The rapping is solid (though the lyrics may be lost on listeners with little French), though the beats aren't quite as fresh as the musical ideas.


Formed: France

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Manau is a French rap group whose Celtic-styled debut single, "La Tribu de Dana," was among the biggest hits of 1998, topping the national chart for a few months straight. Founded in 1998, the group is chiefly comprised of Martial Tricoche and Cédric Soubiron, whose partnership went back ten years further, when they co-hosted a radio show featuring the former as the frontman and the latter as the turntablist. The Parisian duo, both of whom are of Breton heritage, originally founded Manau as a Celtic...
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