Mexican superstars

Nationality: Mexico

Genre: Latin rock



With no stats to back this up, it’s tempting to say that Maná is the biggest and most successful Spanish language rock band ever. They’re certainly one of them – and here in Spain they’ve been one of the biggest stadium fillers in the business since Rayando El Sol came out in 1990.

Over the years, tracks like Mariposa Traicionera, Labios Compartidos, Vivir sin Aire and Manda Una Señal have made them household names in the Spanish speaking world, and although Anglo Saxons will probably be more excited about seeing acts like Lenny Kravitz and the Chilis at Rock in Rio, the locals will be far more excited about Maná, who are also a tremendously talented set of live performers. The Mexicans have also made inroads into the international market. It was Australia that first picked up on them, but they now have a following all around the globe.

Their sound has progressed, and not all fans have appreciated their experimentations with genres such as funk, calypso, reggae and ska, but the sales have never let off, and last year’s Drama y Luz album, there first for five years, spawned three US Latin number ones in Lluvia al Corazon and El Verdadero Amor Perdona and yet another set of Grammy awards.

Last September they were in Europe promoting the album with shows in Murcia, Malaga, Madrid, Bilbao, Oviedo, Barcelona, Las Palmas and Tenerife, but didn’t play elsewhere in Europe. Not once. Moral of the story? Even possibly the biggest Spanish language rock band in the world isn’t big enough to bother playing a concert in non-Spanish speaking countries (the US excepted, with its massive Mexican and Latin population…). And that’s a shame, because Maná are ten times better than most of the rock bands that’ll playing the festival circuit round Europe this year. And that’s a bloody fact.

Did you know: According to Wikipedia “Mana is an indigenous Pacific islander concept of an impersonal force or quality that resides in people, animals, and inanimate objects.” To the best of my knowledge, however, Maná the band have nothing to do with it though.


Saturday June 30, 2012 Madrid Rock In Rio GET TICKETS HERE


1.  Lluvia al Corazón

2.  Oye mi Amor

3.  De Pies a Cabeza

4.  Mariposa Traicionera

5.  Vuela Libre Paloma

6.  Latinoamérica

7.  Corazón Espinado

8.  Te Lloré un Río

9.  Eres mi Religión

10.  Si No Te Hubieras Ido

11.  Labios Compartidos

12.  El Muelle de San Blas


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