Thursday, March 1, 2012


Manu Chao
Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961), is a French singer of Spanish roots (Basque and Galician). He sings in French, Spanish, English, Italian, Galician, Arabic and Portuguese and occasionally in other languages. Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as Hot Pants and Los Carayos, which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band Mano Negra in 1987, achieving considerable success, particularly in Europe. He became a solo artist after its breakup in 1995, and since then tours regularly with his live band, Radio Bemba.
Birth name: José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao Ortega.
Also known as: Oscar Tramor.
Born: June 21, 1961 (age 50),Paris, France.
Genres: Alternative rock, ska, punk, reggae, Latin, salsa.
Occupations: Musician, record producer.
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard.
Years active: 1984–present.
Labels: Nacional Records (U.S.), Because Music (France), Virgin Records.
Associated acts: Mano Negra, Radio Bemba Sound System.


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