The Latino rock band from Mexico, Maná is not only big in the Spanish speaking countries but they are also famous in other parts of the world. Driven by their passion for rock music, the group started out by playing songs of the bands they adored including, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police and Rolling Stones and today, they have become the most influential band in Latin music history. The band has a dedicated fan following in the United States and is often called the ‘U2 of Latin America’ regarding which the group had this to say,
“It’s a huge deal for us. We’re a band that worked extremely hard to get to the current level we’re in. It’s always mind-bending to meet people on the street or wherever to come up to you and tell you something positive about your music.”
Maná is now ready to tour. They will be playing one of its highly energetic shows in your city. If you want to know what makes this nineteen-time Billboard Music Award winning band so special then book your Maná tickets today.
Early Life & Influences
Maná has taken its musical influence from legendary rock acts like Peter Gabriel, Midnight Oil, Santana, Peter Frampton and INXS.
The origins of Maná dates back to the early 1980s when the three founding members of the band, Ulises, José Fernando Olvera and Juan Calleros were a part of the Latin group, Sombrero Verde. The trio recorded two studio efforts with the band titled ‘Sombrero Verde’ and ‘A Tiempo de Rock’ which hit the shelves in 1981 and 1983 respectively. Sombrero Verde soon disbanded in 1983 but Olvera, Calleros and Ulises remained together and formed Maná after recruiting Alex González.
The quartet later signed a record deal with PolyGram, but became unhappy because of the direction the label was taking them and before long, they signed with Warner Music. In 1987, Maná spawned their debut studio album, ‘Falta Amor’ which didn’t bring them any commercial success until the record’s hit single, Rayando El Sol started receiving airplay. The band then embarked on tour to promote their first studio album and performed over 250 shows in Peru, Mexico, Columbia and Ecuador.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Maná’s second studio effort, ‘¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?’ is what caused the group’s career to explode. Their popularity grew tremendously because of this album. It went on to sell more than ten million copies globally and peaked at the fourth spot on the Top Latin Albums. The record also featured a song, Oye Mi Amor which became an international hit and featured in the video game, ‘Rock Band 3.’
The group then started to enter the American market when they released their third studio record, ‘Cuando los Ángeles Lloran’ in 1995. It was packed with twelve songs out of which No ha parado de llover reached the first spot on the Latin Pop Airplay. The album also earned them the Grammy nomination for ‘Best Latin Pop Performance.’
A year later, Maná started the creative process of writing new material for their next studio project. They penned down the lyrics of twelve songs and later recorded them. After that, the quartet compiled those tracks into one special album, ‘Sueños Líquidos’ which hit the stores in 1997. This studio effort was released in thirty six countries and won them a Grammy Award under the category of ‘Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.’ In addition, it topped the Top Latin Albums chart and achieved multi-platinum level sales in Argentina and Mexico.
The quartet became even more successful in the new millennium. They spawned two albums, Revolución de Amor’ and ‘Amar es Combatir’ in 2002 and 2004 respectively and both of them sold millions of copies throughout the globe. They also received rave reviews from the American publication, AllMusic. The latter studio record got them a couple of Billboard Music Awards and climbed the fourth spot on the Billboard 200.
Album Releases and Notable Work
In 2011, Maná decided to experiment with their music and came out with their eighth studio effort, ‘Drama Y Luz’ which contained influences of pop rock. It marked their first record to top the charts in Mexico. The album yielded four singles out of which, Lluvia al Corazón, Amor Clandestino and El Verdadero Amor Perdona debuted atop Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Songs. Moreover, this album won the quartet a Grammy for ‘Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album.’
Four years later, the band churned out another hit studio effort, ‘Cama Incendiada.’ This album reached the fifteenth spot on the Billboard 200 and was awarded platinum certification by the RIAA. The band has not released any new music since the record’s release.
Apart from nine studio efforts, Maná has spawned three live and seven compilation albums. They have also put out five video records so far.
Maná has bagged fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro, six Premios Juventud and five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America.
Maná Tour Tickets
Maná has become a global phenomenon. They have sold in excess of forty million albums around the world and have also been cited as an influence by stars like, CNCO, Jumbo, Cabas, Juanes, Zurdok and Plastilina Mosh.
The quartet is now going to make its return to the concert stage. So, if watching them perform live was on your checklist then you can check it by getting your Maná tour tickets from here.