Manu Chao La Ventura
'the ringmaster of a multicultural, cross-generational, genre-busting circus that can whip tens of thousands of people into a frenzy'' - PITCHFORK
'a rapid-fire blend of reggae, post-punk, Afropop and more, breaking the rules of genre left and right." - LOS ANGELES TIMES
The global musical phenomenon that is Manu Chao will be making his Bluesfest debut with his band La Ventura this Easter.
Having made music since the late 80s as leader of rock outfit Mano Negra and then as a solo artist, Chao is one of the world’s most well-known and respected musicians, with a huge cult following in all corners of the globe – from South, Central and North America to Europe, Japan, Africa and back – selling more than 10 million albums.
Chao’s music blends rock, reggae, punk, ska, and found sounds in compositions sung in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian. His first solo album, 1998’s Clandestino, was a huge success, shifting in excess of four million copies worldwide to become the second biggest-selling world music album in history after Ry Cooder’s Buena Vista Social Club. His next album, Proxima Estacion: Esperanza consolidated his place as one of the world’s most successful recording artists.
Be a part of the frantic fiesta that is Manu Chao La Ventura this Easter at Bluesfest.