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THE MUSICAL CULTURE OF THE ROAD – Manu Chao: Playing and singing in slippers, between via St. Pau and calle Escudellers

Hovering between temptations intimate sensitivity and social reality

His music has undergone many influences, all deriving from his Spanish origins and from travels to Mesoamerica. His parents had moved to Paris to escape Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, in the suburban area between Boulogne-Billancourt and Sèvres. The home of Manu Chao http://www.manuchao.net/, it housed many refugees from South American dictatorships, and had turned into a special place to derive a multitude of creative experiences. Born in Paris on a June day 1961, he became a songwriter and guitarist, interpreting folk, reggae and Latin American music.

His anti-globalist stance aroused much attention, when he made himself known in 2001, after his participation in the concert against the G8. His musical texts deal with love and immigration, often carrying progressive messages. With a strong stylistic influence from Clash, she mixes multiple languages in the same song, sings in Spanish and French, Arabic and Portuguese, Italian and English. In the Barrio Gotico district of Barcelona, Manu Chao https://www.facebook.com/manuchao/ owns the Mariatchi bar, the one where you can meet him while he plays, with rock’n’roll in his heart, a music characterized by the flow of different genres. After ten years of silence, in 2017 he published eight unreleased songs, free to download on his site.

CLANDESTINO – Solo voy con mi pena, sola va mi condena. Correr es mi destino para burlar la ley. Perdido en el corazón de la grande babylon, me dicen el clandestino por no llevar papel. Por una ciudad del norte yo me fui a trabajar. Mi vida la dejé entre ceuta y gibraltar. Soy una raya en el mar, fantasma en la ciudad. Mi vida va prohibida, dice la autoridad. Solo voy con mi pena, sola va mi condena. Correr es mi destino, por no llevar papel. Perdido en el corazón de la grande babylon, me dicen el clandestino. Yo soy el quiebra ley. Mano negra. (CLANDESTINO – I only go with my grief, only my sentence goes. Running is my destiny to circumvent the law. Lost in the heart of the big Babylon, they tell me the clandestine for not carrying paper. To a city in the north, I went to work. I left my life between Ceuta and Gibraltar. I am a line in the sea, ghost in the city. My life is prohibited, says the authority. I only go with my grief, only my sentence goes. Running is my destiny, for not carrying paper. Lost in the heart of the big Babylon, they tell me the clandestine. I am the bankruptcy law. Black hand). https://www.amazon.com/Clandestino-MANU-CHAO/dp/B00F2N3MTG/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpi_2

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