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On his galvanizing 1998 solo debut, Manu Chao sounds like the musical love child of Bob Marley and The Clash. Brimming with compassion and indignation for the troubles of immigrants and other marginalized groups, Clandestino blends loping reggae, simmering rumba, and occasional rockers sung in French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, layering in samples that sound beamed from a pirate radio station. Raised in Paris' polyglot suburbs, Chao speaks the language of the world's dispossessed—and commands your attention with it.

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Clandestino - Esperando la última ola...

As one of the driving forces in the French-Spanish ethno-punk band Mano Negra, songwriter-guitarist Chao delivers a surprising solo endeavor. Centered around a simple editorial writing style and an acoustic guitar, this album chronicles his political and personal travels around the world, studying the foibles of life in Latin America and the Caribbean, through Africa and back to Europe. He quotes but never actually plays salsa, son, reggae, Latin pop, and African folk music, all to the service of his songs (written and sung in English, French, and Spanish). The backing is a deceptive hodgepodge of guest artists and collected sounds he has pasted together to service the simple songs he sings. There is a circuslike feel to the whole project, a childlike sense of wonder coupled with a cynical and sometimes sly glance at the "real world." This is a single piece of work, each song bleeding into the next without stopping, a train ride that slows at each station along the way but never stops. It has charm, wit, and depth--a rare and potent combination of virtues for a pop musician. --Louis Gibson

Awesome

This guys is all over.
He pumps you up and relaxes you.
Great album to listen too.
You will enjoy!!!

The BEST album

Chill back music... Reggae mix beat with Spanish rock sounds muy excelente!!

Biography

Born: June 26, 1961 in Paris, France

Genre: Rock y Alternativo

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Manu Chao helped begin the Latin alternative movement way back in the '80s -- although it had no name then -- and in his later work he cut a cross-cultural swath across styles and geographic boundaries. Chao was born on June 26, 1961, in Paris to Spanish parents -- his father, Ramon Chao, a respected writer, comes from Galicia, his mother Bilbao. Growing up bilingual, he was also influenced by the punk scene across the English Channel that happened while he was still in his teens. As a teen he played...
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