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Manu Chao La Ventura: SEATTLE

Photos: Manu Chao @ The Paramount

10/17/2010

Back Beat Seattle > PHOTOS LINK

The first time I listened to Manu Chao was in a college Spanish class. When the instructor announced that she had brought in some music for us to listen to, I couldn’t help but expect something cheesy and educational, full of simple words and phrases to help solidify and possibly expand our tiny Spanish vocabularies. Turns out, our teacher was way cooler than we thought – and we listened to Manu Chao’s « Me Gustas Tu » a few times through. It was one of the few times that I actually wrote something down in that class and took it home for further research.

So when I heard Manu Chao was coming to town last week, I wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to go. Much like my college Spanish instructor, Manu Chao’s performance exceeded my (already grand) expectations of what his show would be. For someone nearing the age of 50, Chao carries a great deal of energy on the stage, dancing and laughing at any given moment in the show. With a triple-encore, the show was nearly three hours long. I couldn’t help smiling nearly the entire time, especially when the band threw things back in to Chao’s early days of punk rock and picked up the pace on a few songs. Manu Chao’s history is filled with great, unique musical endeavors and that really comes through in his current music. If you didn’t catch him this time around, make sure you do next time. And get your tickets early, because based on the crowd this time around, there’s a good chance it’ll sell out next time.

Manu Chao

10/11/2010

In-Studio Performance

Multicultural music superstar Manu Chao stops by KEXP to talk with « The Best Ambiance » host Jon Kertzer about his music, some artists he’s produced, Brazil, and even fútbol. Manu picks up his acoustic guitar for a couple quick renditions of two of his tracks. – W. Myers

Windows Media Streams

Amalucada Vida
Full Performance

Welcome To Tijuana

Real Media Streams

Amalucada Vida
Full Performance

Welcome To Tijuana

SEATTLE WEEKLY


Manu Chao

International sensation Manu Chao writes (and sings) in more languages than people have fingers, but the reason his music translates so well to audiences worldwide has little to do with the lyrics. His sound is a veritable melting pot of Spanish guitar, Algerian rai, salsa, reggae, French chanson, punk rock and a smorgasbord of other sonic influences Chao’s picked up throughout the course of a life drifting around the globe. And even if you can’t understand what he’s saying, it doesn’t really matter, because Chao speaks a universal language.
SARA BRICKNER

Tue., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010


THE STRANGER

SEATTLE’S ONLY NEWSPAPER

Manu Chao

(Paramount) Manu Chao is the septualingual citizen of the world born in France to Spanish parents and renowned all over the globe for his thrilling sound amalgamations, in which far-flung samples, rhythmic chants, found sounds, and Chao’s own singing/songwriting collide to create ridiculously hypnotic dance music. Seattle is one of only four cities Chao is visiting on his quick-hit U.S. tour, and fans of globe-trotting musical intoxicants would be fools to miss it.
DAVID SCHMADER

Tue., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010