Tonight I am quite excited to be seeing Manu Chao. Manu has come to Los Angeles twice, first with his old band Mano Negra in the mid 90's and the other time solo in the year 2000. In 2000 He played the Palace (now Avalon) and it was sold out and over capacity. So when I saw a few months back he was coming to play the Shrine I got my tickets the minute they went on sale. I saw a write up in the LA Weekly last week saying if you did not see Manu now you would regret it for the rest of your life, too bad it's sold out. Manu blends Latin, Rock, Reggae, Salsa, Ska and countless other genres to make his completly unique sound. His songs he sings in either Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, or Arabic. Every album flows beautifully and many songs borrow the same sounds and rhythms yet remaining original. Let's face it, dude is on some other shit. Clandestino (1998) is easily one of my favorite albums of all time and it reached world popularity (minus the US). In the summer of 2001 Manu released Proxima Estacion: Esperanza which further solidified his Worldwide (minus the US of course) superstar status. One notable thing is that these 2 albums have a permanent spot in the Amoeba Music Hollywood end-cap in the Latin section.
Here are 2 cuts from Clandestino.